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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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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 question

Which sentence is correct, These accusations of plagiarism has to stop These accusations of plagiarism have to stop The reason that I ask is because I believe the first sentence is correct,...
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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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Why only past tense?

FYI. There is referring to a picture of teens smoking. "Her friends asked her to smoke and she seemed to be unsure." Why can I not use present simple? Should I use past perfect "had asked"? "Her ...
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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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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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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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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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percentage of the population usage

I was wondering which is correct. 20% percent of the population is a man or 20% of the population is men. I understand that a singular verb is to be used but...
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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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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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"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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"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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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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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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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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"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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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?
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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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"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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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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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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