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

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Singular and plural ambiguity of the noun “trio”

According to dictionary.com, a trio is defined as "any group of three persons or things". trio noun, plural trios. any group of three persons or things. Trio is a singular noun that ...
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“Getting sealants are…” vs “Getting sealants is…” [on hold]

Which one is correct: Getting sealants is as easy as brushing your teeth. or Getting sealants are as easy as brushing your teeth.
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“Stopped me wearing shoes” vs “stopped me FROM wearing shoes”

The article below has a title "These ultra-tough socks almost stopped me wearing shoes" Should it be "These ultra-tough socks almost stopped me FROM wearing shoes"? I've been seeing "from" omitted a ...
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Subject-verb agreement question. [migrated]

Which sentence is correct, "These accusations of plagiarism has to stop or "These accusations of plagiarism have to stop". The reason that I ask is because I believe the first sentence is correct, the ...
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Which is the correct verb form with Who?

Sentence : She is one of those gifted writers who (turns, turn) out one best seller after another. My answer is: turns. As we are talking about she, singular third person. But the correct answer ...
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Question involving gerunds

Earlier today I started to wonder if parkour could be used as a verb or should be in a gerund phrase (doing parkour). parkour, from Oxford Dictionaries: "The activity or sport of moving rapidly ...
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Grammatical rules pertaining to 'number shifts' [duplicate]

Thanks everybody for your enthusiasm for my previous questions. Now I have an additional question pertaining to a particular section of English grammar: "number shifts" For example: The problem ...
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Should I use “are” or “is”? [duplicate]

Should I use is or are in the following sentence: The Pearland Police Department are our brothers and sisters.
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On the use of Conjunction and, Restrictive and Non-restrictive Clause

Dear Stack Exchange fiends, please comment on the grammatical propriety of the following sentences involving (if I am correct to assume) the application of restrictive and non-restrictive clauses: ...
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Yet another there is vs there are [duplicate]

The question about the correct use of there is vs there are pops up quite often. However I couldn't find any reference to a case similar to the one below. My wife is writing a crochet pattern with ...
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“Which embodiments the embodiments refer to IS / ARE unclear”

I'm working on a translation with a few variations of this sentence: Which part the underlined "drawings" refer to is unclear. However, this has tripped me up: Which embodiments the underlined "...
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has seen vs have seen [duplicate]

Consider the following sentences: The last few years has seen the building of the new church. and The last few years have seen the building of the new church. As a native speaker, both of ...
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subject-verb agreement when 'amount' is used [migrated]

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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If I have a list after a single gerund, do I use “is” or “are”?

Below is my sentence. I'm pretty sure the word "knowing" is a gerund, but please correct me if I'm wrong. I assumed that the only subject is "knowing" and that the linking verb should be "is", but ...
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'None' and 'No one' [closed]

Do we use a plural verb with 'none' and a singular verb with 'no one'? We may say: None but the brave deserve accolades. But when we use 'no one', it is grammatically correct to say that 'No one ...
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Finite verb usage [duplicate]

I saw this in The Guardian. We’d recommend Cristiano Ronaldo take a long hard look at himself in the mirror, if we didn’t know that he already spends several hours a day doing exactly that. ...
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Can we use singular or plural nouns with names of countries? [duplicate]

When asked a question about Collective Nouns, I told them that it is all right to use a singular or plural verb after a Collective Noun, as in - The class was listening to the lecture with rapt ...
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Subject-verb agreement when using singular they? [duplicate]

I was writing about a person who prefers the pronoun "they/them": Talk to Abigail when they are a resident. After I wrote it, I realized (assuming here in 2016 that "they" can serve as a ...
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Why not an s on “speed” in “Ukraine speed to test new-look Germany defence”

This url links to an Australian article (sourced from Reuters) about a football team. The article has the following title: Ukraine speed to test new-look Germany defence I understand that the ...
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Time and tide waits or wait? [duplicate]

In my grammar book, in a chapter on subject-verb agreement, the author said that when two nouns, joined by and, are suggesting the same idea or person, we consider the nouns as one unit and use a ...
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Subject-verb agreement question after WHAT [duplicate]

I have a question about how the verb LOOK below should be conjugated: 1.There are neatly-dug beds filled with what look like carrots, chard and kale... There are neatly-dug beds filled with what ...
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'Is' or 'are' – which is correct in this example? [duplicate]

Which is correct?: "One in seven people worldwide is living on $x per day." "One in seven people worldwide are living on $x per day."
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Should I use an objective pronoun or reflexive pronoun here?

In the sentence, "It reminds me of_." Does one use an objective pronoun, "It reminds me of me." Or a reflexive pronoun, "It reminds me of myself." I would think you would use an objective pronoun ...
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Can a plural noun have a singular direct object? [closed]

Portrait 1 is a picture of an adult male, an adult female, and two young boys. Portrait 2 is a picture of an adult male, an adult female, and a young girl. Which among the given are correct? "Both ...
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Is “the fact that” always singular?

"The fact that he slept with the victim and his knife had blood was enough evidence for him to be the culprit." Why does it seem like you never use the plural "facts" in these sentences even when you'...
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Is it light or lights?

"He turned off the lights in the kitchen." I never see the singular "light" in these kinds of sentences even when referring to only one light bulb. Does this mean that "lights" can mean either ...
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Should the following sentence use the English or plural form of the verb? [duplicate]

Is it grammatically correct to use the singular? Neither sympathy nor empathy is relevant to the decision. Or should I be using the plural form? Neither sympathy nor empathy are relevant to ...
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verb agreement, the story we heard last time was/were accounts from one witness

I am confused about the rules of verb agreement. What should I use in the following example? The story we heard last time was/were accounts from one witness. "Accounts" is a countable plural noun, ...
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'represented for' wrong usage?

Can someone please confirm that the grammar in this video is off. It's supposedly a teaser video for a new product from a Chinese company. https://youtube.com/watch?v=CfgviCjtvg0 Shouldn't ...
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Would I need a gerund to make this sentence correct?

I have lived my entire life in the United States, and to learn more about the life my parents had lived as children was an incredible experience. However, I then asked, "What was an incredible ...
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verb agreement: what he is looking for are/is books

Which of the following is correct? What he is looking for are books written by Jane Austin. What he is looking for is books written by Jane Austin. Is it are to agree with the object books ...
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What is the English equivalent of kuot?

It means putting your hand inside the pants to scratch, adjust or fondle the genitals. It could be on your own or for another person. What's the correct verb? stick inside put down inside put into
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“All the data have changed” [duplicate]

I am aware that plurals that are the same as the singular still affect the following verb. i.e. "This sheep has been sheared." - Correct "All the sheep have been sheared." - Correct "...
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Prepositions as subjects

I have some questions on the role of the subject in sentences. 1- When (in what sentences) a preposition can act as a subject (that is there is some object in that sentence which is the object of that ...
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correct the error in the below sentence [closed]

Do you want to go to the cinema later?” “Sorry, I can’t. I will meet John for dinner.” please advise where is the mistake in this sentence
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Plural or singular verb: All people know

Today, I encountered with this sentence "All people know is what you tell them" and I totally got confused why the author uses the verb IS in the sentence. I think "All people know" is plural that's ...
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Is this a subject-verb agreement error? [duplicate]

This has me a bit confused. At first I wanted to say begin, but then I started to think that "the evening news" could also be replaced by "it", so the correct form would be "begins". The evening news ...
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A plural noun is used with a singular verb in a proper English speech—why?

From the film script of Gladiator (2000): Your faults as a son, is my failure as a father My question is: how come?! If anyone (unless you're one those very good few who get to define what the ...
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is vs. are confusion? singular action, plural subject [duplicate]

Is buying smart electronics worth the price? This is the title of an article I am trying to write. Buying is one action, but electronics is plural. What if I said, "Is it worth the price to buy ...
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I recommend that “Company X adopt” vs “Company X adopts” [duplicate]

What is the correct verb form to use here? I recommend that Company X adopt Y. or I recommend that Company X adopts Y.
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Is “many a person” singular or plural? [duplicate]

I'm writing a paper and I am not sure how to word this sentence. Which is the correct sentence: I am able to avoid a pitfall into which many a student has fallen. I am able to avoid a pitfall ...
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What is grammatically incorrect with the sentence: “Moving to a new town and making new friends is hard for people of all ages.”?

What is grammatically incorrect with the sentence: "Moving to a new town and making new friends is hard for people of all ages."? Is it the subject/verb agreement?
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A combination of government initiatives (plural or singular)?

Does the subject a combination of government initiatives take singular or plural agreement? A combination of government initiatives has resulted in positive changes? or A combination of ...
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Singular subject followed by verb without “s”

This is the sentence I wish to construct: When the show finishes, someone remind the ice-cream man to start picking up the garbage. The verb in question is "remind". Should it be "remind" or "...
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Subject-verb agreement with metric units of measurement [duplicate]

About 500 cm3 of the Herschelite was hydrated at 80% RH. About 500 cm3 of the Herschelite were hydrated at 80% RH. Could someone advise me about which of the two sentences have the correct verb ...
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Is “the group of children are” correct subject verb agreement wise? [duplicate]

I know that collective nouns can be singular and plural, depending on how you use them. I know that "group" is a collective noun and I know that in a sentence the subject comes before "of" and if it's ...
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“… any change, or addition, is …” vs. “… any change, or addition, are …”

In the sentence below is has been used, but there is some disagreement in the office over whether it should be are: This is necessary to ensure that any change, or addition, to existing ...
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Controvery over subject-verb agreement in this sentence

The sentence Women driving cars is, of course, such a foreign sight to a society like Saudi Arabia The subject is not "women" (otherwise, the verb would have been 'are'); the subject, as I ...
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Subject-Verb Agreement in “Neither” Comparison (see example) [duplicate]

I am not sure about the form of the verb that follows "neither". Should it be a singular or plural verb? For example: Admittedly, being a celebrity is not easy, but neither are being many other ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct - subject verb aggreement?

Is this sentence grammatically correct? "The charge nurse would call the patient back from the waiting room and escort them to an empty exam room" Call the patient... escort them??