Agreement between a verb and its subject for number and person.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

0
votes
2answers
40 views

“being wined and dined” — singular?

I want to say, "He loves being wined and dined, and he's not above demanding it." I don't know whether being can be treated as the referent of it, or I must take the whole verb phrase as a plural. I ...
0
votes
3answers
31 views

Use of Phrasal Verb 'Yearn for'

I'd like to ask if the following sentence is grammatically correct: It is a rare luxury yearned for by even those who have it all. I am especially concerned with the usage of the phrasal verb ...
3
votes
1answer
206 views

Should we say “they are high enough as they are” or “they are high enough as it is.”?

I've heard on TV: "We really hope property taxes won't be increased; they are high enough as they are." Would it be ungrammatical to say "...they are high enough as it is."?
1
vote
0answers
121 views

“There is” vs “there are”?

I wrote an essay and returned it to my teacher who told me that it was perfect except for that one mistake with the usage of there are: There are currently 192 218 546 ways to set up..." She ...
2
votes
0answers
31 views

“Who is Lisa friends with?” or “Who are Lisa friends with?” [migrated]

Is it correct to ask Who is Lisa friends with? or should it be Who are Lisa friends with?
1
vote
1answer
28 views

Subject-Verb Agreement with “Who” [duplicate]

Which one is correct? He is one of the boys who play football. He is one of the boys who plays football. Please state the reason as well.
0
votes
1answer
23 views

Can an institution “attest to its highest academic standards”? Is that kind of attesting something only a person can do?

My full quotation is for a formal letter to a university president, congratulating her on becoming president. "Under your leadership, I believe that Anytown University will continue to attest to its ...
2
votes
2answers
64 views

Bread and butter is/are my breakfast?

Bread and butter (is or are) my breakfast? And what's the difference between the above sentence and saying "My breakfast is bread and butter"? Thanks.
-1
votes
1answer
38 views

American English: collective noun + verb when collective noun is plural? [duplicate]

I'm struggling with grammar and the name of a group of clinics; let's say that there are five dental clinics colocated in the same building, and the name of that group is Foo Dental Clinics. There's a ...
-1
votes
1answer
43 views

“Most of what” and “is” or “are”

I've gotten into an argument about whether "Most of what I've read is books" or "Most of what I've read are books" is correct. I think it should be "is" because "most of" refers to "what I've read" ...
5
votes
3answers
437 views

Confusing rule about subject-verb agreement

I am currently working through "The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation" by Jane Straus. In the section on subject-verb agreement the author describes a rule for sentences that begin with "there" or ...
2
votes
2answers
66 views

“Behead” or “beheads”?

My question is about the use of the form "beheads" in the following sentence from Victor Davis Hanson's essay "Are the Orcs Winning?": In contrast, Hamas only drives Christians out of Gaza rather ...
4
votes
1answer
65 views

'is' or 'are' in lists of counted nouns [duplicate]

Which of the following is correct? Does the is/are depend on the total number of things in the list, or only on the thing immediately following the is/are? There is 1 apple and 1 orange available. ...
0
votes
1answer
39 views

The process creates the prize? [closed]

I would like to know which one of the sentences is correct and why? The process create the prize. or The process creates the prize.
3
votes
1answer
93 views

Compound subject whose parts are joined by “and” and verb agreement : when is the singular correct?

I am in doubt as to whether the subject-verb agreement of the second sentence of this paragraph is correct : Unfortunately, there is no such thing as the ideal home workshop because most people ...
4
votes
2answers
119 views

“What tools is everybody using?” or “What tools are everybody using?” [closed]

I often see "What tools is/are everybody using?" and other sentences of same form used with both is and are. Which one is the correct way to write the question? What tools is everybody using? ...
0
votes
1answer
92 views

Agreement of subject and predicate [duplicate]

can someone explain this rule to me, please? A few collective nouns (public,infantry etc) occur in the singular, but are followed as a rule by a plural verb, though a singular verb is also ...
0
votes
0answers
23 views

Subject-Verb Agreement - was/were [duplicate]

A bag of carrots and half a tomato "was/were" sitting on the kitchen counter. A bag of carrots and half a tomato was sitting on the kitchen counter. Is this correct? I was informed that the main ...
0
votes
2answers
66 views

“Becomes” or “Become” in this sentence? [duplicate]

Many small companies have difficulty growing because the number of orders becomes too large to handle. Should I use become or becomes in this sentence? I don't know, but the sentence feels a ...
0
votes
0answers
69 views

Noun adjuncts and modifying phrases

Noun adjuncts are nouns acting like adjectives, such as "animal" in "Animal Farm." And some words, for example, "privileges of rank" is the same as "rank privileges." But I am confused when 'the' is ...
6
votes
2answers
282 views

“Her whole family IS/ARE biologists”? [duplicate]

I'm not sure whether to put is (number agreeing with the singular her whole family) or are (number agreeing with plural biologists) in this sentence: Her whole family is/are biologists. After ...
1
vote
1answer
53 views

Number agreement of verb with plural algorithm name as subject

Should I say: Geodesic Active Contours (GAC) are a method for shape approximation that have demonstrated excellent performance for abdominal wall segmentation. Or: Geodesic Active Contours ...
-1
votes
1answer
174 views

Correcting the usage of singular “they” and “their”

NB This is not a question on how to use the said terms. This is not a question on what the said term mean. It might just seems like so. Starting with the following sentences. It's insulting that ...
1
vote
3answers
73 views

Should I use “is” or “are” with “any of X”?

Please log a CIP if ANY of the following is required to make the change: Please log a CIP if ANY of the following are required to make the change: I believe it should be are; but am I ...
0
votes
1answer
187 views

“Two are better than one” or “Two is better than one”?

I just came across the phrase "Two are better than one", but I had always heard it in my head as "Two is better than one". This is partially due to the Boys Like Girls song. Which one of these is ...
-2
votes
2answers
31 views

which one of the following phrase is correct? [closed]

Which phrase is correct? The shipped order has been dropped The shipped order have been dropped
1
vote
1answer
76 views

How to conjugate a verb with multiple subjects [closed]

Say you have the following sentence: Alice (and her family) [some present-tense inflection of the verb be]. . . . How do you conjugate be here? It refers both to Alice and "her family". Thus ...
1
vote
2answers
366 views

Is “He don't mean it” correct? [duplicate]

When I was reading the book Because of Winn-Dixie, on page 89 I found a paragraph as follows: "Oh, lay off her," Dunlap said to Stevie. Then he turned to me. "He don't mean it," he said. Can ...
0
votes
0answers
15 views

Nouns in a series with singular or plural verb? [duplicate]

Which is correct? Cultivation, possession, and distribution of corn is ... Or Cultivation, possession, and distribution of corn are ...
1
vote
0answers
21 views

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?
1
vote
2answers
125 views

Shouldn’t we use “lots of” with plural nouns and “a lot of” with singular ones?

Is it correct to say "there are a lot of aspects" like here (see the first comment) or here? Shouldn't be "lots of" used instead? I was sure that the correct form is "lots of" for the plural form.
1
vote
2answers
96 views

“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 ...
-1
votes
1answer
41 views

“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"?
3
votes
2answers
98 views

“It's one of the best films that has/have ever been made.”

In the sentence "It's one of the best films that has/have ever been made." what should the verb agreement be ?
5
votes
2answers
261 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"?
0
votes
3answers
98 views

is “How is conditions being unfair not an issue?” grammatically correct?

I wrote "How is conditions being unfair not an issue?" instead of "How are conditions being unfair not an issue?" as I believe the subject of the sentence is 'conditions being unfair' rather than ...
0
votes
2answers
50 views

Which variation of this sentence would be correct? Are vs. Is [duplicate]

I'm curious which I should use of the following: If you or someone you know are having troubles logging on to VMware, please ask Bob Smith for help. If you or someone you know is having troubles ...
6
votes
1answer
121 views

Grammar rules for parellelism in comparisons and variations according to verb placement

I'm an academic editor in the field of medicine and I often come across complex comparisons. My question is specifically regarding how the placement of the verb affects the the parallelism of the ...
10
votes
2answers
545 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 ...
3
votes
1answer
147 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 ...
2
votes
1answer
40 views

Clause explaining “the requirement that…”

What should the verb form in that clause be? Example: which of the following is correct? They need to obey the requirement that their pockets are empty. or They need to obey the requirement that ...
0
votes
0answers
20 views

Compound subject verb agreement [duplicate]

Does this sentence call for the plural verb "were" here, or the singular "was"? Neither he nor the others were aware of it Neither he nor the others was aware of it
-1
votes
0answers
63 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.
1
vote
3answers
111 views

Can you “do a goal” or do you have to “meet a goal?” [closed]

If I am asking a client what they will be doing to meet a fitness goal, i.e. riding a bike to be more active (the goal is to be more active). Can I say, "how will you do your goal?" in a goal setting ...
4
votes
8answers
333 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 ...
-1
votes
1answer
96 views

(plural noun) “are” never “a” good idea. [closed]

I'd like to know how to explain the grammar in this kind of sentences. It seems to me that the plural noun here works like a collective noun... Or does it purely depend on the context rather than some ...
12
votes
4answers
2k views

Shouldn’t “art” be “is” in “Our Father who art in heaven”?

The Lord’s Prayer begins in English: Our Father who art in heaven,hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Shouldn’t it be who is there, not who art? ...
1
vote
1answer
95 views

“Finally, there is/are the mechanics of the essay.” [closed]

"Finally, there is/are the mechanics of the essay." Should I use the verb are or is?
3
votes
4answers
100 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?
0
votes
1answer
198 views

Subject/verb agreement when a title ends in a plural

1) "The book 'The Three Musketeers' is a wonderful example of..." Here we have a proper noun, a title that happens to end in a plural, and I have no sense that the verb should be plural. ...