Questions about grammatical agreement.

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Difficulty with subject-verb agreement

I'm wondering which of these is correct: There appears to be no functional systems in place to handle this. There appear to be no functional systems in place to handle this. First takes "...
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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 it correct to use plural, then define it in singular form?

For example: Snow leopards, another mammal with a relatively large tail, are also known to [...] Edit: changed from big cat to mammal to emphasise that it's a definition, not a noun.
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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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Send an invitation and let the user create their own password [duplicate]

Send an invitation and let the user create their own password In this sentence user is singular, and their is plural. So I am confused whether this sentence is correct or not. Is this sentence ...
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Why “man” not “men” in “Many a brave man”? [duplicate]

I’m reading Black Beauty and there is a sentence there which starts like this: Many a brave man went down, many a horse fell, Why man here? Why not men?
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Are numbers greater than one plural? [duplicate]

Two apples are plural. When I refer to a number of items only by their count, is the count singular? For example: "Two is enough." Is that correct?
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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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“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 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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Distributive adjectives in sentences with non-count nouns

In the following sentence: "Wall and roof thickness are always considered when repairing a chimney." The sentence refers to the thickness of both the wall and the roof. Is the sentence above correct ...
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Is the phrase “There are many hungers it is better to deny than to feed” correct?

The "it is" seems out of place to me. I'd rather have it written as "There are many hungers that/which are better to deny than to feed".
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Subject/Complement Agreement. How to describe problem with “The thing is the objects.”

In my ell answer, version 32, I provided the following, problematic, wording (especially bold italic), and I need help to better understand this issue so I can fix my answer:1 The thing is ...
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Can a singular or plural verb (“is” or “are”) be used when the subject is a coordination? [duplicate]

In the sentence: The dimensions and shape is/are a little different than the rest. Should I be using 'is' or 'are', or can either be used?
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One of us is wrong, aren't we?

I have just learned from what I consider a reliable source, that the following sentence is correct: One of us is wrong, aren't we? I would never in my life have written this, but I am assured ...
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“was” or “were” when there is number mismatch between subject and predicative complement [duplicate]

I have a question about this sentence: The only thing he feared more than the wolves were the swirling buzzards. I believe it to be correct, but someone suggested that the "were" should be ...
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Can I use “anymore” with “nothing”?

Normally, anymore (or any more in UK) meaning any longer used as an adverb not a as determiner, can be found in negative, conditional, or interrogative sentences. Americans may use anymore in ...
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Subject Verb Agreement

In what ways did the points made by the writer in the introduction contradicts her conclusion? (in the question listed above, shouldn't "contradicts" be written as "contradict" - since we are ...
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“Who” usage in interrogative form [duplicate]

When using "who" in a question, which is correct: Is it I who has erred? Is it I who have erred? The latter seems correct by test (take out who), but the former seems correct by question form (...
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Is the expression “What hath alienators wrought” correct, concordance-wise? [duplicate]

I have seen the phrase "What hath alienators wrought" in the name of an article. Searching throught the web I learned that "hath" is the version of "has" in old English, but in the singular case (...
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Concord of “scholarly enquiry combined with introspection” [duplicate]

What is correct: Scholarly enquiry combined with introspection reveals Scholarly enquiry combined with introspection reveal
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One 'increase' or two 'increases'

I happened upon the following sentence in a textbook: 'An increase in the number and size of islets is characteristic of infants born to diabetic mothers. I get that, as the sentence is ...
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What kind of form is “don’t anyone”?

Does English have third-person imperatives, or only second-person ones? Consider: Jeff, turn the heat in here way down, please, but don’t anyone turn his suit heater on. We need to get used to that ...
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“has been” vs “have been”

I am answering an online English grammar test and encountered the following question Where was Jack yesterday? —I don't know. He ________ seeing the doctor. My answer is: might has been Correct ...
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Is the following sentence grammatically correct? It doesn't sound right [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: “A total of 10 babies is sleeping.” v.s. “A total of 10 babies are sleeping.” v.s. “Ten babies in total are sleeping.” Is “a total of ...
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[Singular] Is/Are [Plural]?

My fish's native habitat is rice fields. My fish's native habitat are rice fields. I'm pretty sure the first is correct, since 'is' modifies 'habitat,' but it still sounds weird...
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Number agreement between subject and object

The other day, my father and I were expecting my brothers to come home. Upon hearing a car enter the driveway, my father said, "Your brothers are here." When I looked at the door, I could see that it ...
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Which is correct: “special thanks go to” or “special thanks goes to”?

what is grammatically correct: Special thanks go to Tom... Special thanks goes to Tom... IMHO I'd say thanks is one of those plural nouns which implies it requires go but I'm not sure. It's for ...
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“On their back” or “on their backs”?

After the therapy, eight children (43%) became able to crawl/move on their back. Or should I use "on their backs"? Singular because each child only has one back, or plural because we're dealing ...
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“who doesn't” vs. “who don't”

What is the difference between "There will be users who doesn't buy something" and "There will be users who don't buy something"? Are they both grammatically correct?
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“Many lost their life” or “Many lost their lives”

Many individuals lost their individual life. or Many individuals list their individual lives. Each person has one life right?
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“Is on” or “are on”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is staff plural? The family is on a tour The family are on a tour Which one is correct and why?
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Why use “his” in association with the word “mankind”?

The economist Keynes in a book wrote: The power to become habituated to his surroundings is a marked characteristic of mankind. I would have used "its" instead but since English is not my ...
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Should I use the singular or plural verb in mathematical formulae (“Two and two make/makes four”)?

I remember somebody correcting me once when I said, "Two and two makes four", since the conjunction and would imply the use of a plural verb. They would prefer I said: Two and two make four. I'...
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Should I use a singular or plural “one” here?

Sometimes I get confused over how and when we should use plurals. For example, should we say: They are the only one who is capable of doing this Or They are the only one who are capable ...
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“There are so many” vs. “There is so many”

There are so many questions on this website. There is so many questions on this website. The former "sounds right," but the contracted form of the latter does as well: There's so many ...