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“One of the children who was” vs. “one of the children who were”

In the construction "one of the [plural noun] who ...", should the verb agree with "one" or "[plural noun]"? For example, which of the two following sentences is grammatically correct? Or are both ...
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“This facility has/have a new administrator” [closed]

"This facility has a new administrator" — is this correct? Or should it be "this facility have a new administrator"?
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2answers
115 views

Is “nothing but birds and a few insects” singular or plural?

Nothing but birds and a few insects [was/were] to be seen. In the above sentence, should the verb agree with "nothing" or with "birds and a few insects"?
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2answers
519 views

has scientists excited or has excited scientists?

I saw the following on the Facebook page of Time. Is "has scientists excited" or the perfect version "has excited scientists" correct? What's the difference if both are correct? The recent ...
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1answer
109 views

“Four years are” vs. “four years is” [duplicate]

An exam question is driving me crazy. Find the mistake in the following: Four years are a long time to spend away from family and friends. Literally everyone solved it by replacing are with ...
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0answers
62 views

“Data” — singular or plural [duplicate]

Which of the following is correct? The data was kept in soft form. The data were kept in soft form.
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8answers
254 views

There is / There are

I believe it well established that the choice of whether to use "There is" or "There are" with the phrase "a lot of" depends on the following word. For example, you would say: There is a lot of ...
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4answers
81 views

Half doesn't or half don't? [duplicate]

What’s the right version of these two? Half of the students doesn’t bother to show up. Half of the students don’t bother to show up. Or are both right?
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33 views

“Crucial to cell division is/are the alignment and segregation”

I'm in the process of writing a research paper for school. Looking back at the introduction of my original research proposal (which I'm using as a scaffold for my current paper) I realized that the ...
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1answer
107 views

How and why to conjugate verb with and/or subject

Which of the following statements is correctly conjugated? Is there a rule or explanation for conjugating verbs with and/or subjects? The X and/or Y is true. or The X and/or Y are true. ...
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4answers
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uncountable noun + and + uncountable noun [duplicate]

Which sounds better? There is water and butter in my fridge. There are water and butter in my fridge. I think it should be: is. But what if we said: How much flour and butter is needed to ...
0
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1answer
99 views

why is there a difference in the usage of “neither…nor” in similar sentences? [duplicate]

look at these two sentences: neither the coach nor the players are going to the beach. neither the players nor the coach is going to the beach. why does one sentence use "are" while the other has ...
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2answers
788 views

“Is there any news” or “are there any news”? [duplicate]

Which is better? Which is grammatically correct? Is there any news about my candidacy? Are there any news about my candidacy?
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1answer
38 views

When using the singular pronoun “they”, should the verb be in the 3rd person singular or the 3rd person plural?

A person who has perfectly good relations with their father, who loves their father, and has a great respect for them, can never shout at him like that. A person who have perfectly good ...
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3answers
74 views

“there were enough room” or “there was enough room”

Which is the correct verb, should it be singular or plural? 1.) "There were enough room." or 2.) "There was enough room."
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0answers
49 views

Is “Here's some tips” correct? [duplicate]

If I say "here's some tips", is that correct? Doesn't sound right to me. I would have thought it should be "here are some tips".
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2answers
74 views

“Led Zeppelin was” vs. “Led Zeppelin were” [duplicate]

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. (Source.) Is "were" really the right word here? It feels like it should be "was". After reading the answers and my own ...
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1answer
73 views

Neither is or are [duplicate]

Should this be neither is or neither are? Neither of these two books is suitable. Neither of these two books are suitable. Which one is correct?
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5answers
343 views

1 in 7 appleS becomeS green? or, 1 in 7 apple becomeS green? or, 1 in 7 appleS become green? [duplicate]

Which of the following is proper grammar usage? 1 in 7 apples becomes green 1 in 7 apple becomes green 1 in 7 apples become green
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2answers
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Is “statistics” singular or plural?

Statistics shows that people are having fewer children these days! Statistics show that people are having fewer children these days! Which one is grammatical?
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0answers
15 views

When to use is or are in a sentence listing items [duplicate]

search in records where fixtures; oil; gas or minerals; or timber are located. or search in records where fixtures; oil; gas or minerals; or timber is located.
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3answers
275 views

“x and y are what drive them” vs “x and y are what driveS them”

Which of the following is correct? It seems evident that self-confidence and a desire for power are what drive them to enter this competition. It seems evident that self-confidence and a ...
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1answer
74 views

“None of us is” or “none of us are”? [duplicate]

In the phrase "none of us is promised tomorrow", should it be is or are?
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1answer
157 views

Subject–verb agreement not clear in “Is two bars OK?”

Is the following correct? Can I get some chocolate for myself? Yes, you can but not much. Is two bars OK? Is there any rule to explain the sentence above? The dialogue's taken from Grammar ...
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2answers
839 views

“There was some attempts” or “there were some attempts”? [closed]

Is the grammar in the following Alice in Wonderland quote correct? Would it be more appropriate to use were given that the noun phrase is plural? There was some attempts at applause, which was ...
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2answers
157 views

“[Is/are] X and Y the reason[s] you did Z?”

Is the violence and the abuse the reason you ran away home? Are the violence and the abuse the reasons you ran away from home? Is the violence and the abuse the reasons you ran away home? ...
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2answers
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“Police have found what appear to be human remains.” versus “– What's in the box? – Chocolates to die for!” Why the different agreement? [duplicate]

In my CD-ROM version of the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, an example sentence for the verb 'to appear' is: "Police have found what appear to be human remains." Gruesomeness apart, what ...
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0answers
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would I use is or are in the following sentence [duplicate]

As of this report, there are/is confirmed cases in the county and city 1, but not city 2.
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1answer
243 views

“Were that you who did that” vs. “was that you who did that”

Which of the following is correct? Were that you who did that? Was that you who did that? Obviously one has to use were with you, but which one goes here in this case?
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1answer
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Use “have” or “has” any/anyone/anything in the question?

Similar to this question, is it correct to use have or has with any* (any/anything/anyone/...) in a question? Examples: Have/Has any of my advices help you? Have/Has anyone of you seen it? Does ...
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3answers
267 views

“His work(s) in research and teaching [have/has] been”

His work in research and teaching have been ... His works in research and teaching have been... His work in research and teaching has been ... If I want to express many pieces of his ...
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3answers
277 views

“As many books as suits your schedule” vs. “as many books as suit your schedule”

Read as many books as suit(s) your schedule. Singular or plural agreement?
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3answers
2k views

“There Is”/“There are” depends on plurality of the first list element or not?

It seems I put a stick in the anthill at ELL. Bounty assigned by outside party, two lengthy, reference-citing answers, one "-1" (awarded the bounty), one "-2", two others scored "0" and "-2" ...
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1answer
329 views

“There is an apple and an orange” or “there are an apple and an orange”? [duplicate]

There is an apple and an orange on the table. There are an apple and an orange on the table. Which is grammatical?
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2answers
411 views

Is there a contraction for “where are” like “where's” for “where are”?

What is a contraction for where are? I wanted to ask "Where are the keys?" but want to use a contraction. Do I have to just say Where are, or can I say Where's and it's understood?
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5answers
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Using a singular or plural verb after “and/or”

If the subject of a sentence is separated by "and/or", should the verb be pluralized, as with "and", or agree with the rightmost subject, as with "or"? For example: His co-workers and/or his boss ...
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1answer
637 views

“Favorite fruits are grapes” or “favorite fruit is grapes”

I think I understood the general idea of fruits vs fruit, but what about the situation where you're saying: "My favorite fruits are grape"? This made me cringe when I saw it in an English course ...
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0answers
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Why do they use “Apple are” instead of “Apple is”? [duplicate]

Examples taken from OMG Ubuntu: Apple are expected to finally give a release date for OS X Mavericks, the latest update to their desktop operating system at an event today. For Mavericks ...
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1answer
29 views

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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1answer
787 views

the rest of her family was or the rest of her family were [duplicate]

which is correct: a) she didn't mind a mild storm when the rest of her family were present b) she didn't mind a mild storm when the rest of her family was present
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0answers
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“This date and time is” vs. “this date and time are” [duplicate]

The following sentence appears in a letter I am editing: If this date and time are not convenient please contact me at ... Structurally, this seems okay, but it feels very awkward. Shouldn't it ...
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4answers
475 views

A pack of wolves run through the woods [duplicate]

Is the correct to say A pack of wolves run through the woods or is the correct English A pack of wolves runs through the woods The former sounds right. However, I think the subject is a ...
0
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1answer
344 views

“Why are there more of them” vs. “why is there more of them” [duplicate]

I was writing this sentence: Why are there more of them on some nights than on others? Is is or are correct here? I was told that is is correct, but to me, are sounds better.
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3answers
2k views

Proper usage of “is” and “are” when specifying multiple nouns

This is one thing I never really bothered looking into, but have always been unsure of. punching, kicking, slapping or slashing [is/are] strictly prohibited That's what I'm trying to determine. ...
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2answers
112 views

Which is grammatical, “the softness and sweetness [was/were] perfect”?

which is grammatically fine to use? The softness and sweetness of rice [was/were] perfect.
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3answers
5k views

“Need” vs. “needs” after a list [duplicate]

Is it need or needs? Highway 68 and Robinson Canyon Road need your support. Highway 68 and Robinson Canyon Road needs your support. I voted needs.
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2answers
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“This paper, combined with some glue” — singular or plural?

If I have an item, combined with another item, is it still a singular subject in the sentence? For example: This paper, combined with some glue, makes for an afternoon of art projects. This ...
0
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2answers
125 views

Is this question grammatically correct?

Something seems off about this sentence, but I can't put my finger on it. The sentence in question: Which countries is Nicaragua competing with? Alternatives I considered: With which ...
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1answer
4k views

Controversy over verb choice in “neither you nor I {is/am/are} in control”

I was watching the film A Game of Shadows starring Robert Downey Junior and Jude law when this line came up, "...neither you nor I is in control..." (I can’t remember the exact words that ended the ...
2
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3answers
2k views

Singular or plural verb after a series connected by “or”

The following sentence refers to an apocalyptic story where money no longer has any value: A can of sardines, radio batteries, or a bicycle is/are more precious than money. Should I use is or ...