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

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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 ...
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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 ...
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Is “Is humans' height ideal?” correct grammar?

http://biology.stackexchange.com/questions/19832/is-humans-height-ideal Can "humans' height" be singular prefaced with "is", or does it have to be "Are humans' heights ideal?" or perhaps "Is ...
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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?
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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.
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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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“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 ?
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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“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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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 ...
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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
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“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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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 ...
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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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(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 ...
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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? ...
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“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?
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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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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. ...
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Season 2 Episodes 1-10 is/are now available. Which is correct?

Which is correct? Season 2 Episodes 1-10 is/are now available.
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“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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what should be placed in the blank and why? [duplicate]

He as well as his friends _____ going to play cricket in that playground.
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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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Verb “to be” agreement

Which one is correct: "A popular approach is the so-called immersed interface methods." "A popular approach are the so-called immersed interface methods." In Portuguese, the second one would be ...
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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 ...
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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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“Two and two makes four” vs. “two and two make four” [duplicate]

Two and two makes four. Two and two make four. Which is grammatical? Please provide your reasoning.
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We can see the shrine “become/becomes” big

I'm correcting some writing and the student wrote, We can see the shrine become big, little by little, from the ferry. As far as I'm concerned, it's grammatically okay, but I'm having trouble ...
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“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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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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Is acquiesce used correctly in the following exchange? [closed]

Joy wants some candy. That can be acquiesced. I have two main questions here: 1) Am I correct in thinking that "That" represents a noun such as "the request", making the second sentence ...
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“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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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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“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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use of “is” or “are”

Which is correct? 1.) Attached are our compensation plan, an independent contract agreement, and a W9. or 2.) Attached is our compensation plan, an independent contract agreement, and a W9. I ...
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When can one break the rule of using “does” instead of “do”? [duplicate]

Listen, Walter, because you shot Jesse James don't make you Jesse James. — Breaking Bad Why is it don't and not doesn't?
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Verb mix-up in a sentence

I have this sentence, and I have a feeling that the verbs and subjects do not agree with each other, and it continues to bother me. How can I fix it? Furthermore, both mates in a couple could also ...
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“Suppose we have a collection of blog posts where each document was/is a post”

I found this in a book: Suppose we have a collection of blog posts where each document was a post. Shouldn't it be: Suppose we have a collection of blog posts where each document is a post. ...
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Cause vs Causes - subject-verb agreement

A student wrote the following sentence in an essay: Things such as software and workbooks are included in the textbook packages, which causes a significant increase in price. My question is ...
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What is the subject in this sentence?

I would like to know whether to use the singular or plural verb in the following sentence: In cases where there is/are headroom, .... It seems to me that the subject ought to be "In cases ...
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“Who” usage in interrogative form [duplicate]

When using "who" in a question, which is correct: Is it I who has erred? Is it I who have erred? The latter seems correct by test (take out who), but the former seems correct by question form ...
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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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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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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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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.