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

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Does “this is Ken and Mike” make sense?

In a book I saw the caption "this is Ken and Mike". Should it be "these are Ken and Mike" since it is plural? Or is there a certain rule that I am unaware of? Thanks.
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Use of “there's” in plural [duplicate]

Well we know that is is the correct form for singular and are is the correct form for plural, right? As such "There is a great pizza place in Chicago" would be correct in prose or dialogue as would ...
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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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Which one is correct - “ There is only us here” or “There are only us here” [duplicate]

Temporary reopen note: The linked-to question is about the verb agreeing with the grammatical number of the first item in a list in a there is/are sentence. However there is no list in this question ...
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The class is/are all working on a project together [duplicate]

The class is/are all working on a project together. I am curious to know whether I can use both is and are in this sentence - with a small difference in meaning.
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Subject- Verb Agreement [duplicate]

Which of the two sentences below is correct? (i) Three hours is a long time. (ii) Three hours are a long time.
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The total “is” or “are” worth a certain amount

Which is correct? Fourteen pennies are worth fourteen cents. Fourteen pennies is worth fourteen cents. The former, to me, sounds like "Each of the fourteen pennies is worth fourteen cents." The ...
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“One of the sources of water in our country ARE the rivers” [duplicate]

"One of the sources of water in our country are the rivers" in this sentence, wasn't it supposed to be 'is' instead of 'are'? Normally we say "One of my friends is responsible for this," don't we?
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Verb agreement in “[adjective] and [adjective] [noun]” constructions

Context: I am writing a short text to explain the main differences between Spanish passive sentences with "ser" and "estar", one of which is verb choice: sometimes the adjectival form should be ...
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Singular or plural verb after units of measure [duplicate]

Should the verb in the following sentences be singular or plural? Two cups of sugar [was or were] added to the recipe. Fifty cubic yards of contaminated soil [was or were] excavated.
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Saying how many years “have” or “has” passed [closed]

Do you say have or has when talking about how many years passed. My example is (from the SAT): More than forty years have passed since a quarter of a million people marched on Washington, D.C... ...
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“The superhero is you” vs. “The superhero are you”

I know there was already a similar question asked before, but I don't get it completely. So, as I take it, you can exchange "The superhero is you" with "The superhero are you" without a big change in ...
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“Thou shalt not pass” and “You shall not pass” hybrid

Is it technically incorrect grammar to make a hybrid of the well known statements: "Thou shalt not pass" and "You shall not pass"––this hybrid being: "You shalt not pass"? From what I understand from ...
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“There are no shortage of applications”

I've been having an argument with a colleague about this sentence, could you please let me know which one of us is correct: There are no shortage of applications for our product in this space. ...
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Is it correct to use 'are' before 'something'? [closed]

In the sentence, Tell me if opinions are something I should steer away from. Is the use of "are" before "something" correct?
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Can linking verbs function as modal verbs?

Here is an example: Police say there appear to be signs of a break-in. And I wonder why not appears instead of appear.
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Plural of noun and concept takes singular verb?

Why does a pairing of a noun and phrase about it, specifically with a question word, take a singular verb? Generically: [Noun] and [idea about noun] [singular verb].† Example: Language ...
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the effect of using “plus” on the verb

I would like to know, in the following case, which one is correct: "This condition plus some other properties ensures that..." or should I say: "This condition plus some other properties ...
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“I have completed my master degree and am a doctoral student” [closed]

Do I have to worry about verb agreement in the following sentence? I have completed my master degree and am a doctoral student
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Which sentence is correct and why (is VS are) [duplicate]

"The only thing holding me back is the available colours." or "The only thing holding me back are the available colours." It seems to me like a glitch either way. I slightly favour the second one ...
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“There is any number of” vs “There are any number of” [duplicate]

There is any number of ... There are any number of ... Intuitively I'd say 'are', but 'number' is singular, right? Please note that this question is different from these two questions ...
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we come across so many noteworthy thoughts *to point out*. What's wrong with this sentence?

I have a feeling that something is wrong with this sentence but don't know it's grammatical reason. Can you help me with it? In reviewing Sylvia Plath`s short poem Mirror, we come across so many ...
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relative pronouns and subject and verb agreement

My cousin is one of those people who (love, Loves) to eat pizza. According to the rules of grammar the relative pronoun who refers to the plural noun people. Therefore, the correct verb choice is ...
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“his mother look very tired”

Is it correct to say, James could see his mother look very tired from all the chores. The options in the test paper were the following: 1) looks 2) look 3) looked 4) had looked I would have ...
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Why is it “make”?

There's a poem in bahasa indonesia, titled "Aku Ingin (I want)" by Sapardi Djoko Damono, translated to english by John H. McGlynn. This is the english version: I want I want to love you ...
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Agreement of verb 'to be' and a singular noun after a plural noun

How does the subject-verb agreement work when a singular noun describes a plural one? Of the following, which sentence is righter? The computers is a good choice. The computers are a good ...
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“team of engineers IS standing by” or “team of engineers ARE standing by”? [duplicate]

Which is correct: "Our team of engineers is standing by" or "Our team of engineers are standing by"?
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How to agree verb with has and will in same sentence?

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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Does 'each other' function as singular or plural?

Are either of the following sentences grammatically correct? We know what each other are doing and We know what each other is doing Neither of them sounds right to me, but surely one of ...
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In Search of Agreement

In the sentence below: Manpower provides a range of services that satisfy/satisfies the needs of the whole employment and business cycle. Should the verb in the noun clause modify "range" or ...
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Is 'the majority of' singular or plural?

I have the following question: The majority of fund studies has or have agreed that a common attribute for superior performance is due to managers' skill.
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Does a percentage quantity take singular or plural verb agreement?

Does a percentage require a singular or plural verb, for example, do we say ten percent "go" or "goes"?
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Verb Agreement Question [duplicate]

There ____ a stapler and a pencil on Mrs. Ford's desk. I believe I would use the word is to match up with stapler, but I can't remember why.
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Usage of ''both"

Both the control laws demand high magnitude of acceleration at the end. Both the control laws demand high magnitudes of acceleration at the end. At the end phase, acceleration demand of both the ...
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confusing Subject-Verb Agreement in one quote

what though life conspire to cheat you I think this quote has a wrong part. I know Singular subjects need singular verbs; so should the verb "conspire" agree to the subject "life" like ...
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How do I choose between “was” and “were”? [closed]

Should I use the singular “was” or the plural “were” in the following sentence? The first thing that I noticed was (OR) were the street performers singing near the main entrance of the park. ...
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IS or ARE? Simple question! [duplicate]

In this sentence: The ​insurance ​premium is ​small ​potatoes ​compared to what we'd have to ​pay if the ​house ​burned down. "Small potatoes" is a plural noun, but why is the auxiliary verb ...
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But other things being equal, it is better for society that the girl is educated than that she remain/remains ignorant

I found the following sentence in Neil Stephenson's Diamond Age But other things being equal, it is better for society that the girl is educated than that she remain ignorant. (p. 164 in Google ...
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Is “whatever is left can <verb>” correct grammar?

Whatever is left can be given away. Initially this seems like a complete sentence, but it seems odd to me that the verb phase involving "is" is used as a subject. Could someone explain why or why ...
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“Is” or “are” when one item is singular, the other plural [duplicate]

Would you say: There is no fire or hot ashes in the fireplace. or There are no fire or hot ashes in the fireplace. And where does that question mark go?
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Response Faster / respond faster?

I am looking for a new laptop, and as I scrolled down the page of this specific model, I encountered this: So, bottom line: shouldn’t it be Respond Faster? I am didn’t post a link because I’m not ...
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Should we write “allow” or ”allows” in “require that the class allow[s]”? [duplicate]

Can you explain to me whether I should or should not use ‑s at the end of the verb allow in this sentence? This function requires that the container class allow[s] random access The sentence in ...
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“group have” vs “group has” [duplicate]

Do you say: That group has dogs or That group have dogs I'm not too sure which one is right. I'm just confused because I'm not sure whether the word, group, is plural or not
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Verb when using Neither / nor [duplicate]

Neither the plates nor the serving bowl goes on that shelf. OR Neither the plates nor the serving bowl go on that shelf. What form the verb should be singular or plural ? Which is correct and why? ...
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“Decides that” or “Decide that” - which is correct and why? [duplicate]

"The coaching staff decides that changes must be made." or "The coaching staff decide that changes must be made."
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Bill reading Shakespeare and Maureen singing Schubert satisfy/satisfies me [duplicate]

Which verb form is grammatically correct here? My intuition says 'satisfy' but a textbook I'm reading says otherwise (Core Syntax: A Minimalist Approach. If interested, a legal copy is available ...
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When is “backshifting” optional?

In reported speech, tenses are generally backshifted. If what was said is still true at the time of reporting then back shifting is optional. My question is, if someone doesn't backshift the tense ...
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Correct vs. incorrect usage of “there were + [number] noun + verb” patterns

I am having a problem figuring out what exactly makes the following sentences incorrect, and what is different in comparison with the correct sentences below. (I am not a native English speaker, but I ...
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I received an email saying documents are /were [duplicate]

I received an email saying that the documents are/were being processed. Which is correct? Are or were?