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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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"A variety" singular or plural

A variety of pleasant items in the shop attract [plural] everybody. A variety of animals are kept at the zoo. A wide variety of dishes is essential for a successful restaurant. A variety/range ...
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Why is this not a pronoun error? "To those of us who had heard the principal [..] the news of the staff cuts was not surprising."

From the SAT: To those of us who had heard the principal of the high school talk about the budget, the news of the staff cuts was not surprising. Why is it had and not have? Because isn't those ...
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Is it correct to ask "who needs a dragons"?

According to the title of this question... Who needs a dragons Is it "a dragons" or just "dragons"? And "need" or "needs"?
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When do nouns that end in -ics take a plural verb?

But statistics has something more than this. Until recently optics has only been three dimensional, and holography belongs to this form, too. Similarly, the semantics has no special provision for ...
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If you have two verbs governed by he/she/it, does the second verb also need to be singular of only the first one?

When you use he, she, or it in a sentence, you need to modify the verb for the third person singular, but what happens if we use two or more verbs in the same sentence? Example: The thief steals and ...
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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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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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"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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subject-verb agreement when 'amount' is used

Even a small amount of gases have / has a large effect. This sentence is an exerpt from a reading passage, which is talking about CO2 in global warming. It says CO2 accounts for only 0.038% in the ...
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How many stops is it/are there to the park?

I just read a question in Oxford Word Skills about bus routes: 'How many stops is it to the park?' Although I feel "how many stops are they..." sounds awkward, "how many stops are there..." sounds ...
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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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"Comparing these stories is/are lazy": "is lazy" or "are lazy"?

Am I talking about the gerund or the stories? Should I use is or are after the word lazy?
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The natural sciences WERE or WAS the subject (of ...)

What is the correct verb choice (were or was) in this sentence: a) The natural sciences WERE the subject of our discussion. b) The natural sciences WAS the subject of our discussion. Also, what ...
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"Who is Lisa friends with?" or "Who are Lisa friends with?"

Is it correct to ask Who is Lisa friends with? or should it be Who are Lisa friends with?
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A pair of scissors are or is

A pair of scissors is or are? which one? My teacher at lyceum said that it is are but I want to make sure.
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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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either + singular + 'have' or 'has'?

Is it legal to use has in the following question? Would you tell me please whether either my friend Joey or me has to visit the manager tomorrow? Or, instead, should I use have rather than has?
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Should I use "happen" or "happens"?

Should I use happen or happens in the following sentence: Everything in life, even events that seem insignificant when they occur, happens/happen for a reason. I am confused because everything ...
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"Half of the" vs "half of"

Over half of the domestic flights were delayed because of bad weather condition. Over half of domestic flights were delayed because of bad weather condition. First, Is there any difference b/w the ...
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Make versus makes

Which of these is correct? Adding 's' or 'es' to nouns makes them plural words. Adding 's' or 'es' to nouns make them plural words.
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When to use "their", "his or her", "them", etc. when referring to people in a group

I'm very confused about how to correctly refer to individuals in a group. For example, which one is correct? Today's youth has begun to ignore what is happening around it Today's youth have begun ...
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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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"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 ...
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verb agreement with "and not" in subject

Which of the following two sentences is correct? The teacher, and not the students, is speaking. The teacher, and not the students, are speaking.
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"It is" or "it are"

Does it always agree with a singular verb? For example, does one say (i) or rather (ii)? (i) It is the birds he is chasing away. (ii) It are the birds he is chasing away.
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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 is the difference between "depend" and "depends"?

Could someone explain the difference between depend and depends? When do I need to add the "s" at the end?
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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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Use of the plural form when listing two objects in succession in technical writing

I have a rather technical sentence: The mean mesiodistal positioning error for the posteriors was 0.09±0.09 mm and 0.05±0.01 mm for the control and experimental groups, respectively. I feel as ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Reactions and expressions, not a native speaker here

At first sight he couldn't mull exactly about which sort of noise he heard, but he could swear that it wasn't made by the wind. What word can replace sight, to match better with noise? At first ...
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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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Are "this" and "these" singular or plural? [closed]

What does this mean? What do this mean? What does these mean? What do these mean? When I should use do or does before this and these?