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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' Thanks in advance Drew
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2answers
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What is the difference between 'sometime' and 'sometimes'? [closed]

I wrote an erroneous sentence recently. My teacher corrected it. Here is the sentence. Thus, the driver experiences a poor vision while driving, or sometime a faulty vision due to reflection of water ...
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Singular or Plural Verb [duplicate]

Which is correct? One in five kids are abused. One in five kids is abused.
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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
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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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“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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3answers
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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 ...
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2answers
121 views

“Date and venue is” vs. “date and venue are”

Which of the following is the correct way? Date and venue is the top priority. Date and venue are the top priority.
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2answers
2k views

Plural or singular verb for collective term

Should the verb, in the following sentence, be singular or plural? A series of samples was produced. In a related question I found a reference. However the text in that reference seems to ...
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2answers
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Not only X but also Y are (is?)

At first glance, sentence 1 below seems more correct because there are two subjects. However, something seems more natural about sentence 2. Maybe there is something abbreviated, elliptical, or ...
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1answer
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“One blue ball and one red ball is” or “are”? [duplicate]

Which is correct? One blue ball and one red ball is preferred. One blue ball and one red ball are preferred.
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1answer
379 views

How to reverse sentence so that their subjects and verbs agree? [closed]

How do you reverse the following sentence so that the subject agree with their verb............? The president as well as his assistant have declined every comment. The government’s reason ...
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“The breast, along with the muscles [is/are]”? [duplicate]

The breast, along with the muscles [is/are] of normal size and shape. Should the verb be is or should the verb be are?
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Should I use “has” or “have” to describe what a company [has/have] done [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are collective nouns always plural, or are certain ones singular? I am writing a company profile, and am struggling with the language style. Which of these is better? ...
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1answer
863 views

“The number of residents has grown” vs. “the number of residents have grown” [duplicate]

Duplicate: “A number of students” vs. “the number of students” “Number of attempts per question is unlimited” or “are limited”? “A number of questions has been asked” or “have been asked”? ...
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3answers
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Verb agreement in “Where is the Messiah and his Kingdom?”

Where is the Messiah and his Kingdom? I think it should be "Where are the Messiah and his kingdom"; it just sounds better! But my friends and even a teacher claim that "is" would be correct.
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2answers
360 views

Is the sentence “My pain look like my pride” grammatically correct?

I am a native Spanish speaker but I have been speaking English for more than ten years. That sentence is part of the lyrics of a song. I get the feeling that it should be "My pain looks like my ...
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1answer
65 views

switch genders or gender?

Recently I read an article on Wired.com "Apple Hires Hacker Who Helped Save Windows From Security Hell", http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2012/12/apple-hires-hacker/ Here is a sentence I'm kind ...
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1answer
563 views

plural noun/singular verb and vice versa [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: None as plural indefinite pronoun In my work I am often exposed to sentences written by nonnative speakers of English. I often come across sentences with a singular noun ...
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1answer
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“What questions [is/are] your data team hoping to answer?”

Over at stats.stackexchange we are having a minor kerfuffle over whether a title is using incorrect grammar. It has been edited and re-edited several times. It would be great to get some arbitration ...
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1answer
149 views

The verb agreement for “one” when used as a subject

The first sentence in "Blake" in The Sacred Wood by T. S. Eliot is If one follow Blake’s mind through the several stages of his poetic development it is impossible to regard him as a naïf, a ...
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1answer
303 views

“Years of experience that keeps us safe.” vs “Years of experience that keep us safe.”

If you've ever seen Mythbusters, you know that all episodes contain at least one safety disclaimer. Having recently rewatched several episodes, I've noticed that some disclaimers have Adam saying, ...
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1answer
111 views

“Number of attempts per question is unlimited” or “are limited”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “A number of students” vs. “the number of students” I want to know whether the following construct is correct: Number of Attempts per ...
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4answers
721 views

Consistency of “There is the same number of elements in… as there are in…”

I'm proofreading this in a friend's paper: There is the same number of elements in the set of odd numbers as there are in the even numbers. The same number is singular and it's the thing being ...
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2answers
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Silly questions, like X is/are a complete waste of time?

I'm stumped with this one. Given the question, "What did you learn from doing this task?", which of the following answers is correct? That silly questions, like "What did you learn from doing ...
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3answers
592 views

What are wrong with this phrase?

Is the phrase what are wrong with XY and ZZ correct English? I stumbled upon it in a question on movies.SE: What are wrong with the bleach and the fish in the Machinist?, and instantly thought ...
2
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1answer
4k views

“has” vs “have” usage after enumerating two subjects, the first one in plural [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Singular or plural following a list I'm inclined towards the 2nd sentence, because 1) the first subject is plural and 2) there are two subjects. Sub-question: but what ...
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3answers
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The first and most well-known example is/are the reserves in the United States [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: [Singular] Is/Are [Plural]? Should the verb be is or are? I would say 'are', but a colleague says 'is'.
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10answers
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Here's — Plurality Question

A phrase I came across tonight was "Here's the good news and the bad news." Trouble is, "Here's" means "Here is", and "is" is meant for one thing, not two things. I'm describing two things. However, ...
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2answers
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“The contents are” or “the contents is”

I have the following sentence: The contents of those zip files are normally installed from the Setup. I found I have to use contents instead of content in the sentence. However, do I have to ...
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5answers
629 views

“A classmate and I was” vs “A classmate and I were”

I'm writing a resume right now targeted towards a specific company. My girlfriend (a classmate) and I were (see, I don't know if that's the right word, hence this question!) the first from our school ...
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4answers
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Plural/singular verb agreement with units

When writing about specific quantities, should the verb reflect a singular or a plural value? Do abbreviations vs. spelled-out words make any difference? I took 2 ml of water, which was/were then ...
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3answers
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“The one who wants” vs. “the one who want”

I am getting confused with usage of 's' with verb- consider following 2 sentences- I am the one who wants to stay with you. I am the one who want to stay with you. According to me, first ...
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1answer
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Origin of pluralisation of verbs and nouns in English

From this question, I was just wondering why plural nouns use the ending -s, while the exact same ending is used for the third person singular form of verbs. How did we get into this weird situation? ...
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3answers
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Grammar behind the song title 'The Way I Are' [closed]

You might know the song called The Way I Are by Timberland featuring Keri Hilson. I am very confused here. How does The Way I Are make sense?
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0answers
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Having a singular subject and a plural object - which form to choose for the verb? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: In special cases, can you use “one such family are” vs. “one such family is”? [Singular] Is/Are [Plural]? I often encounter sentences like ...
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2answers
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How does “each” change “are” to “is”?

Relevant: 'Each' with plural or singular verb and What should I use between “triple” vs. “all”? The answers in the linked question don't quite help me. Specifically, what happens with this case: ...
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3answers
2k views

“There is” or “there are”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “There are so many” vs. “There is so many” I know this is correct: There's no problem. But what if it was plural, i.e. problems? Would this ...
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2answers
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Historical usage of “was”/“were” with “you”

I was reading letters from a surgeon to his wife during the Civil War and noticed he used "was" as opposed to "were" on many occasions. Examples: I truly wish you was here with me. Was you ...
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2answers
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Is “either you or [third-person]” followed by a singular verb or a plural verb?

Or, put in examples: which of the following is grammatically correct? Either you or your sister is going to have to do the chores. Either you or your sister are going to have to do the ...
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2answers
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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. ...
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4answers
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“Neither Michael nor Albert is correct” or “Neither Michael nor Albert are correct”?

What is the correct sentence? Neither Michael nor Albert is correct. Neither Michael nor Albert are correct.