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What is the subject of the verb 'was' before 'when' in the second clause?

It was at this time of year that people believed the boundary between the worlds of living and dead became blurred, and was when the souls of the dead were said to revisit their homes. (2) Is the ...
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Where do my interests lie?

Would I write that ‘my interests lies with…’, or would I write ‘my interests lies in…?’ If it’s the latter, should my interests lie within vs. in? I do not need instruction on using lay or lie. Ex. ...
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Subject-verb agreement with a compound subject consisting of multiple gerunds modified by an adverb

In this sentence, we have a compound subject consisting of three gerunds, and this subject clearly takes a plural verb: Eating, drinking and sleeping are prohibited. If an adverb is added at the end ...
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Which one is correct for the use of "input"?

Which one of the two sentences below is correct? The input is 20 apples. The input are 20 apples.
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Should I use singular or plural when the subject is a bag of apples?

I'm wondering which one is correct: A bag of apples weighs 25 pounds. A bag of apples weigh 25 pounds. A bowl of noodles is enough. A bowl of noodles are enough. I'm confused, should I take ‘a bag of ...
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Subject-verb agreement (communications and processing occur or occurs?)

I'm having an issue with subjects agreeing with a verb in a sentence. "Communications" sounds like a plural noun, while "processing" is singular, and the verb, "occur," ...
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Tense agreement and conditionals

I've been struggling with tenses in conditional clauses, and I do not really understand what tenses should I use in the main clause of a conditional sentence. For instance, my answer to this question &...
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Subject verb agreement when a plural becomes a singular

I always get a little confused when it comes to a plural that becomes a singular, as the example below. Which is correct? The health risks associated with smoking as an intake method, however, are ...
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Should we use singular or plural after questions asking “Which among the following ...”?

Should I use singular or plural after a question starting with Which among the following? For example, should it be version #1 or version #2 below? Which among the following statements are ...? ...
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How to decide the form of verb when the subject has "of"?

Specifically, I am trying to write this sentence, and I am not sure whether I should use "was" or "were" in the sentence. The order of probability features and amount features was/...
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X makes it look huge or makes it looks huge?

My issue with Kohinoor Black Watch is that the dial shape makes it look very huge on my skinny 6 and a quarter inch but Pratap's (a watch) curvature makes it look a bit more toned down. Question - ...
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There is/ are NOUN + VERB

When I use there is/ are Noun, I’ll use a relative clause to expand the sentence. For example There were a lot of students who didn’t take part in the activity. But I came across some sentences ...
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Compound-subject verb agreement

I am trying to understand Subject Verb Agreement, but I am having trouble understanding why some subjects are plural and others are singular. So far, I understand that a verb is based on a noun's ...
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Can ‘is’ and ‘are’ be used in the same sentence? ‘The conclusion is both are harmful.’

The conclusion is both are harmful. My friends told me that you can not use 'is' and 'are' in the same sentence.
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To be V-ed vs to v-ed

I don't understand why I can't use "to be locked up" instead of "to locked up" mentioned in this right sentence "I've often wondered what it would be like to locked up in a house for twelve weeks with ...
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Anticipation of there is/there are

Please tell me, why can I not use There is and There are in the way I feel it based on my anticipation of the items listed? What is wrong with saying: There are a box of chocolates and a couple of ...
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Is it "a player who always do" or "who always does"?

I have a doubt question or confusion about the following structure: I am a player who always do the best. or I am a player who always does the best" Which is the correct version? I think the "do" ...
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He does cry and "think or thinks?" of her

It is clear that we write: He does cry... and... He thinks of her But, I'm confused whether the second verb should be with 's' or without 's' in this case: He does cry and think/thinks of ...
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What does "they" in the phrase, "the best they can" point to?

This sentence is grabbed from a website: A teacher's primary goal is to teach students the best they can about the things that are in our textbooks and more important, how to show respect for one ...
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What days (IS or ARE) Johnny attending school?

What is the proper verb conjugation in the following sentence: My son is attending school on MWF this week. What days ____ Johnny attending? Is it "are" or "is"? Does the verb apply to the ...
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What is the subject here?

I am confused about this sentence: do I use do or does? Will it depend on what the subject is? Which is the correct one? What do your best friend's parents do? What does your best friend'...
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Singular–plural choices in subject+verb agreement, notional agreement, and pronouns with ambiguous antecedents

The original version of a particular sentence: EWB is a group of engineers that, unlike many engineering corporations, assist people around the world by applying its knowledge to solve problems in ...
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Can I write, "The two best things about the party was the food and the music?"

The two best things about the party was the food and the music. Is the statement right or not? If it is not right then what is the right statement? I am not clear about if we are using plural noun "...
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Does this sentence follow the rule subject verb agreement? [closed]

"Let the rain come down." This sentence is part of the song.
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Does this sentence follow a correct subject verb agreement rule? [closed]

The increased earth temperature cause increase in the global warming.
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'All he wrote is novels ' or 'All he wrote are novels'?

'All he wrote is novels ' or 'All he wrote are novels'? I understand there is subject-verb agreement in English, but I always feel it should be 'All he wrote are novels'. Then does it become object-...
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Grammar with since as a conjunction

Which one is correct between the two given sentences and why? 1) It is five years since I saw a movie. 2) It has been five years since I saw a movie.
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Why is it grammatical to say 'It's the holidays'?

I have come across the following sentence in Oxford Grammar for Schools 4 by Martin Moore: It's the holidays. I don't have to get up very early. Why isn't the subject of the sentence in agreement ...
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Grammar Agreements? [closed]

Someone I — usually — speak to wrote me, something like this: It has, and may never, exist exist, existed? What form would one use to get though grammatically proper, in English?
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What is the "s" at the end of some words and where does it go when talking about multiples?

I just recently wrote a sentence to a client, then had to correct the sentence and wondered about one of the words. I wrote the sentence: Any Sunday in September works Then I realized I could ...
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"Heavy rains has" "Today's news are"

I just found these questions in a test on the internet: 'Heavy rains has caused flooding in several parts of the south west.' Is this sentence right or wrong? Also: 2) 'Today's news are all ...
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Which noun should I make the verb agree with in this sentence?

One set of events in Lord of the Flies that shows how William Golding is a pessimist is/are the murders of Piggy and Simon and the attempted murder of Ralph. Don't know whether to use "is" or "are." ...
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"it can lead to" and "it leads to"

I'm trying to figure out why it is okay that "it" stays the same but "lead/leads" changes with just the addition of "can." Can someone explain this to me? It does not follow the rules of subject-verb ...
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Subject verb agreement in a sentence with and

We know that if two or more singular nouns are joined with 'and' they take a plurality verb but if they convey the same idea they take a singular one. Can you help me out with the following sentence:...
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Takes or take, subject verb agreement

1. Veronica takes a lot of time. 2. Let Veronica take her time. Could you guys help me with the grammar rule involved while deciding why we'll use the verb 'take' and not 'takes' in the second ...
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Use subject in every sentence

In this phrase, is necessary the use of "I" twice? I can do it by myself and I believe that will be no problem Could be: I can do it by myself and believe that will be no problem It looks like ...
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Why is the correct answer "divides"?

The question comes from an English Exam test, TOEFL The Dewey Decimal System, currently used in libraries throughout the world,_______ all written works into ten classes according to subject ...
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I have two questions. Q1. Conditional Q2. verb agreement

I would like to know which one of the below two sentences are right: If I am in Russia, I will get in touch with you or If I will be in Russia, I will get in touch with you. The three best ...
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Does 'yield' still agree with 'the subject' in 'measures can be undertaken that yield/s positive outcomes?

Good day, does 'yield' still agree with the 'subject' in the following sentence? The place of the modal verb 'can' is confusing. Some people contend that measures can be undertaken that yields ...
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SV agreement: does the second verb in the clause after "and", sharing the same subject as the verb in the first clause, use the same sing./plr. form?

The sentence is: "The machine's remote-control unit puts you in charge of starting and stopping your workout and ____ the speed and direction of the oncoming tennis balls." The question is from ...
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"Such are his usual responses..." or "Such is his usual responses..."?

I was confused by Grammarly which keeps saying that I have to use is instead of are in the example below. Such are his usual responses to every question he is being asked. Can someone clarify ...
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Should the verb in this sentence be singular or plural "The temperature of the hot and cold reservoirs limit the maximum possible efficiency."?

The question title says it all. I'm working on the sentence The temperature of the hot and cold reservoirs limit the maximum possible efficiency. And I think the verb should be "limit" because the ...
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"That's my rubber and ruler" Why isn't it "they are" as there are two objects?

A: That's my pencil case and my pen and pencil. B. Oh! That's my rubber and ruler. Why is it not “they are” as there are two objects? I found the example in Junior New Concept English for ...
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Either / Neither singular or plural

I'm new to English. I wonder whether neither / either will go with plural or singular verbs?
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Most vs most of the

Most people are afraid of swine flu these days. Is this correct or should we write "most of the people" in place of "most people"?
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Implied subject with a conjunction

I'm in the process of proofing an article that's about to be published, but I have a doubt I can't seem to solve or figure out, any advice would be appreciated. The sentence currently is as follows: ...
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The minutes of the Stockholders Meeting "was" or "were"?

What is the correct verb The minutes of the Stockholders Meeting was presented and discussed or The minutes of the Stockholders Meeting were presented and discussed Should it be was or were?
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plural or singular verb agreement in this sentence

In another question I asked a question about this sentence For example these compounds are appropriate replacement for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) due to their low vapor pressure. As a side ...
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Congratulations to those whose hard work have paid off

Should it be have/has paid off in the above sentence? What is the reasoning for this?
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"Walking makes him feel good." - Why don't we use "makes him feels good"?

I'm confused on why the following is correct. Walking makes him feel good. Since "him" is the third person (he/she/it). Shouldn't it be: Walking makes him feels good. This sounds wrong, but ...