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What rules make “Remember me, who am your friend” grammatical?

An acquaintance recalled this specific example from an English textbook, but it is jarring to my native ear. Is this an example of prescriptive grammarians gone wild?
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SAT question, pronoun “their” [closed]

I've been practising for the coming SAT, and I got confused by this question from the writing section. It read something like this: John was one of the astronomers who devoted all their time to ...
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why is the first sentence wrong out of the two given below?

*Her company is outperforming those of her competitors. *Her company is outperforming the companies of her competitors. The question is from a Manhattan GMAT book. It says there is lack of number ...
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Can 'holidays' take a singular verb form?

In the thread accompanying the question The holidays are a good time to be with family, Colin Fine writes The holidays is a good time..., which I don't think is idiomatic even in the US I'd ...
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Is this correct: “Our listeners are what make X”?

I listen to a podcast that I like, but every episodes ends with Our listeners are what make [podcast name] possible. which makes me cringe a little each time I hear it. Is it just me, or is the ...
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Is this an inversion? If so, why would you use an inversion in this case?

Here's a quote from a CNN transcript, wherein a consumer psychologist says the following: "What is relatively new are shoppers turning on other shoppers." If "what is relatively new" were the subject,...
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Personal pronoun - Using 'it' when introducing a person

On the NPR radio program Wait Wait Don't Tell Me (http://www.npr.org/programs/wait-wait-dont-tell-me/) Peter Sagal introduces the week's panelists using 'it's,' as in "She'll be performing Friday at ...
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S-V agreement: It is not clear what is/are meant by A and B

In the following sentence, the verb “are” strikes me as odd. In paragraph 6, it is not clear what are meant by “the front unit” and “the central element”. It seems that “. . . it is not clear ...
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Which verbs apart from the pure copula follow the existential 'there'?

The existential 'there' is usually followed by a form of the verb 'to be', used as a pure copula. For instance, rather than saying, a wrench is on the bench, you'd say there's a wrench on the bench. ...
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“Those box” - part of a studied dialect or merely an idiolect?

My wife, who is from northern New Jersey, USA, and who has a cold, was looking for a box of Kleenex/facial tissues this morning; she said to herself, "I need those box of tissues." This was not simply ...
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We, he and I vs. us, him and me

The sentence is, Our Supervisor finally noticed that it was we, Kim and I, who always turn in our reports on time. Should it actually be you and me or you and I?
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The battery, etc., is (are?) included.

When “etc.” is used with a singular subject, such as in the following sentence, should the verb be singular or plural? The battery, etc., is included.
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Why is it “gangster” rather than “gangsters”?

The suspect, along with his two younger siblings, became the most notorious gangster in the district. The suspect, along with his two younger siblings, became the most notorious gangsters in the ...
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Referring to X (plural) units of Y as an “it”

I am reading The White Spider, a book on mountain climbing, and I got hung up on this passage which sounded wrong, although I can see why it isn't... Herman couldn't be expected to hear him in ...
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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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relative pronouns and subject and verb agreement

My cousin is one of those people who (love, Loves) to eat pizza. According to the rules of grammar the relative pronoun who refers to the plural noun people. Therefore, the correct verb choice is ...
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When should the subject agree with the object of the preposition?

Quite often while I'm looking through research articles, I see sentences that start like this one: The tensile strengths of the composites changed... I generally change strengths to strength in ...
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Number of noun modified by coordinated PP: “the [X-sg] of [Y] and [Z] is”, or “the [X-pl] of [Y] and [Z] are”?

I've tried searching Google and StackExchange for this one, but I find it difficult to state the problem generally and therefore have had no luck so far; apologies if the answer is already out there ...
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Number disagreement between subject and verb in Shakespeare?

I guess this is a quote from Shakespeare's Macbeth: Come what come may, Time and the hour runs through the roughest day. I'm confused about the subject-verb agreement in both sentences. AFAIK ...
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Verb agreement with two nouns

'Decades of research has/have shown' -decades is plural -research is murky I'd be inclined to write 'has'
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Should a company be referred to as “he/she” or as “it”?

When a customer represents a company, not a person, and a pronoun is needed to refer back to that customer, should one use he/she, or should one use it?
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When referring to “one”, use “his” or “their”? [duplicate]

Is this grammatically correct? There is nothing like an animal attack video to remind one of their mortality.
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Agreement of articles and prepositions

Which of the following sentences would you consider most acceptable, and why? Please assume knowledge of the difference between the definite and indefinite articles here and that they are used ...
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singular verb or plural verb for working hours

It makes sense to say, "My working hours are from 9 am to 6 pm." But is it right to say, "My working hours is from 9 am to 6 pm." My argument is that from 9 am to 6 pm can be treated as a singular ...
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How should I fill these blanks on an agreement?

How should I fill these blanks on an agreement? The agreement starts like this; __ legally represented by _, residing at __ on __ hereinafter referred as "Contractor"... 1)Name 2)as the person not ...
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Deaths of both Romeo and Juliet or death of both Romeo and Juliet

I was writing an essay about Romeo and Juliet when I faced this problem. Is it "deaths of both Romeo and Juliet" or "death of both Romeo and Juliet"? I think the prepositional complement has to agree ...
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“This assignment is for the full term of the assigned rights” - meaning

I try to understand what does "This assignment is for the full term of the assigned rights" mean in the following paragraph: The Consultant hereby assigns to the Client all of its ...
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Singular or plural verb following “any” with a plural noun [duplicate]

Is it correct to say "If any of the parties are required,...."? Is it correct to say, "If any of the parties is required,...."?
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“is each” or “are each”?

I haven't found an answer on any of the boards related to 'each' that seems to answer this specific question: I have included the following in draft correspondence: Organization x and ...
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Is the antecedent of a relative pronoun in a prepositional 'of' phrase a matter of choice?For example, [duplicate]

The bag of books that was found belongs to me. The bag of books that talk about history belong to me. Thanks
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Need help with subject verb agreement [duplicate]

Need help with include vs. includes: He's had hits with a massive number of artists that include so-and-so, so-and-so, and so-and-so. Or should it be includes, agreeing with the word "number"?
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Question regarding “Two kinds of”

Which of these two is correct, and why? two kinds of televisions two kinds of television
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noun-pronoun agreement

Like the planets, the stars are in motion, some of them at tremendous speeds, but they... Just based on the above, how can we tell which noun the pronoun they refers to: planets or stars? Is there ...
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What should we use instead of “it” when to emphasize more?

We use it when emphasizing that we refer to one particular thing. For instance, "It is Lawrence you should be talking to". Or, "It was malaria that killed him." What pronoun should we apply when we ...
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Correct noun usage in a sentence - singular or plural?

Should the noun position be singular or plural in the following sentence? You should focus on the position(s) of your lips and tongue pronouncing this sound.
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“his mother look very tired”

Is it correct to say, James could see his mother look very tired from all the chores. The options in the test paper were the following: 1) looks 2) look 3) looked 4) had looked I would have ...
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Not my cup of tea

Heard an English teacher claim that: "Dogs is not my cup of tea" is correct; whereas "Dogs are not my cup of tea" is incorrect. The explanation was that the verb form of 'to be' must agree with ...
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“That” vs “Those” which to use after both a plural and a singular noun?

"The rise of computer technologies and networking is due to collective action similar to that of other social movements, such as the environmental movement, the anti-tobacco movement or the women's ...
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Is it right to use a singular form of the verb in this sentence?

I wanted to know if it is grammatically correct to say: Either the teacher or the students WAS enjoying the picnic. I'm talking about a grammatical principle and not a proximity or attraction one. ...
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My favorite animal are dogs [duplicate]

My favorite animal are dogs. Is this acceptable? I believe this is ok because I see "animal" as one species and "dogs" as the variety of breeds. Of course, the best answer would be "my favorite ...
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Should one use the term “adjective agreement” or “adjectival agreement”?

Is it better to use the term adjective agreement (noun noun) or adjectival agreement (adjective noun)? By contrast, when talking of subject-verb agreement, I'm not aware of an adjectival term like ...
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Tricky Subject Verb Agreement Examples [duplicate]

One of the people has or One of the people have gone? I would use 'One of the people has gone', but I am not really sure if it's redundant to use that these days. Please help.
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How to agree verb with has and will in same sentence? [duplicate]

The sentence is- The management has never and will never close the door to negotiations. Textbooks says closed should be use instead of close. I am confused as it sounds strange to ears. Which one ...
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how is / are - collective noun

Which one of the following is correct? I think the first but many people use second as well. How are Mike and Chris? How is Mike and Chris?
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'jury': singular or plural [duplicate]

The jury (takes / take) their seats in the courtroom. I understand that 'the jury' refers to a singular group but does this apply when it is referred to as a plural in 'their'? Thanks.
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Correct pronoun: 'his' or 'their'? [duplicate]

I would like to know whether his or their is the correct pronoun to be used in the following sentence: Neither she nor he has finished ....... work. In my opinion it should be their but some ...
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Number who or number that? [duplicate]

Would you say "the number of students that earned sufficient credits" or "the number of students who earned sufficient credits"?
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members get to train their ability/abilities to

"Members get to train their ability to..." "Members get to train their abilities to..." The first one sounds more "natural", but how am I supposed to explain this in terms of agreement? By the way ...
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Is a “dozen donuts” a singular or plural subject? [duplicate]

which is correct? How much IS a dozen of donuts? OR How much are a dozen of donuts?
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“Less” and “fewer” in English [duplicate]

English uses two lexemes to denote that something is smaller in number or size/amount: "Less" and "fewer". "Less" is used for uncountable nouns ("I needed less time to mow the lawn today"), while "...