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

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Is it correct to say “What's the best search tools in windows?”

I saw a question in superuser.com, and the title ran: What’s the fastest desktop search tools you’ve used on Windows? It uses 's with tools, is this correct? Or should it be What's the best tool ...
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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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“There always come/comes a point”

Which is correct? There always come a point... There always comes a point... Would there be better ways to write this?
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How should we treat a plural term that refers to singular term?

I'd like to better understand why is the following grammatical: One of the problems is flags. Here flags refers to the flagging system. However, flags is plural and the flagging system is ...
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“One of those is flags”

Jeff Atwood ♦ has just posted something that I'm confused about Stack Overflow, due to its size, has some unique problems. One of those is flags I'd say that those and flags are both in plural,...
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“How does he does/do that?” [closed]

How does he does that? How does he do that? Which one is correct? This type of sentence sounds a little odd because of two do/does in a single statement. Is there an alternative which has the ...
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Why is 'more than one' considered singular? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “There is/are more than one”. What's the difference? As a native English speaker I do some things naturally that I am unable to explain to foreigners. For ...
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Is “what happened is” correct?

Let me provide one example from a local news: "Essentially what happened is the state approved the same dollar amount it did last year for the supplemental general fund" My thinking is, the ...
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“She’s got a ticket to ride, but she don’t care” — why? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: The grammaticality of “that don't impress me much” In the famous Beatles song Ticket to ride, it is said of the protagonist that “she don’t care”. Why isn’t ...
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Is it ok to say “Your barracks is finished”?

In the online game Travian, the following sentence is used: Your barracks is finished. A good step towards world domination. Shouldn’t it instead be: Your barracks are finished. or Your ...
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“There is/are more than one”. What's the difference?

While adding to an Answer to this question, I needed to use the above phrase, and I suddenly realised I was unsure whether to write "is" or "are". There is more than one way to skin a cat. If there ...
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“A lot of ideas” is or are?

My boyfriend and I are arguing about whether the phrase "a lot of ideas" should be followed with is or are. I say that it should be is because the verb is linking to a lot, not ideas. If it were "lots ...
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“Why isn't this line formatted correctly, but formatting work(s) here on Meta?”

If you look here, you can see last revision, from Cody Gray, that he changed "this line of code does not work correctly on stackoverflow but works here on" to "this line of code does not work ...
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Verb agreement with subjects of different grammatical number [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When a sentence uses an optional plural, should the rest of the sentence treat it as singular or plural? I'm writing a technical guide and trying to define 'reader' as it ...
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How to choose verb after “there” in beginning of sentence?

Cambridge "Advanced Grammar in Use" provides following rule in Unit 95C: If the noun phrase consists of two or more nouns in a list, we use a singular verb if the first noun is singular or ...
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Pants — “is it” or “are they”?

This question has come straight from this great question title: Pants — why is it plural? I just thought that if somebody hadn't already edited the title, it is either written right, or all editors ...
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Is “who all is” grammatically correct?

I often tend to say something like Who all is coming to the movies? And my friends correct me that I should be saying Who all are coming to the movies? So which one is correct?
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“Do” vs. “does” with multiple singular subjects

How does serverfault, stackoverflow and other stackExchange sites connect together? Is that does or do? Because I'm talking about multiple items, it would be do. What is more correct?
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What does the door do?

We would like to enlist your help in arbitrating this grammatical dilemma. Given the question: What does the door do? Which of the following options is most correct as a response to the ...
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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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“Are” vs. “is” with compound subjects

How are the wife and kid? How is the wife and kid? Which is more correct?
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Is “both” singular?

Is the following correct? Both of these essentially act as a WebKit wrapper. Or should it be the following? Both of these essentially acts as a WebKit wrapper. Context.
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“Is” vs. “Are” when using the word “Pair” in a mathematical setting

I've seen equally good arguments for and against using "is" for this sentence. The pair of polynomials (f,g) is/are related by the reciprocity law. Which verb is used correctly?
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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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Plural contraction in a very specific case: Which is correct? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “There are so many” vs. “There is so many” I was talking with a friend recently, and to entice him to come to an event with cookies. Which way is ...
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Is the past tense correct in “Did you know Fred was a doctor?” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: He didn't know where New Jersey was… Tense change: previous actions on something that's currently true My wife and I were disagreeing about this today: ...
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Subject with a Gerund: “is” or “are”?

Making adult decisions are/is really not fun. What is the proper answer and why? My gut says "is" but I can't explain why.
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The grammaticality of “that don't impress me much”

I'd like to know how the sentence "That don't impress me much" sounds to a native English speaker. The phrase is the title of a song by Shania Twain, and to my eyes it contains a clear error. It is ...
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[Singular] Is/Are [Plural]?

My fish's native habitat is rice fields. My fish's native habitat are rice fields. I'm pretty sure the first is correct, since 'is' modifies 'habitat,' but it still sounds weird...
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Is it: My apples and orange are/is wrong?

Simple question: My apples and orange are wrong or My apples and orange is wrong I am not a native English speaker, and I am having some trouble choosing between plural are or singular is ...
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“who doesn't” vs. “who don't”

What is the difference between "There will be users who doesn't buy something" and "There will be users who don't buy something"? Are they both grammatically correct?
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“Where is” versus “where are”

Is it correct to use is rather than are in this question? Where is my mother and father? Grammatically, it should be where are my mother and father? but, for some strange reason, I think I would ...
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Which is correct: “one or more is” or “one or more are”?

Should the phrase be "one or more is...", or "one or more are..."?
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Which is correct: “All the media is” or “all the media are”?

I think I know that media is a plural word. So then which of the following is correct? All the media is... All the media are... When you search Google, both seem to appear at the same ...
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“How's things?” or “How are things?”

In a short interview where people were introducing themselves I saw something that grammatically sounds erroneous. Is the use of How's things instead of How're things a kind of expression or a simple ...
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“Will have” vs. “Would have”

By the end of the year, I would have attended this school for five years. Of course, the "most" correct way of writing this would be: By the end of the year, I will have attended this school for ...
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Is “the USA” singular or plural?

On the one side, the USA is just one country. Logic says it should be, then, singular, just like the United Kingdom is. Example: The USA owns this domain. On the other side, if I however expand "...
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When a sentence uses an optional plural, should the rest of the sentence treat it as singular or plural?

Consider the following sentence: We assume that the individual(s) possesses some general knowledge of the rules of football. Is "possesses" correct there? Should it be "possess"? Is the rule ...
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Tenses for two clauses joined by “if only”

Our school had won the match if only we have concentrated. Our school would have won the match if only we would have concentrated. Our school would win the match if only we had concentrated. Our ...
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Is a music band a singular or a collective entity, grammatically speaking? [duplicate]

Duplicate: Is the usage of “are” correct when referring to a team/group/band? What is correct to say? Korn* is a great band OR Korn* are a great band. (* You can ...
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Which is correct, “neither is” or “neither are”?

Bob: "Can I set the font color? Can I customize the text?" Frank: "Neither of these options is available. Sorry!" Is "neither is" always correct or should one use "neither are" in some cases and ...
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Verb agreement in the sentence

Every morning right after I went to the bathroom, I tell myself In the sentence above should went and tell agree? Is above correct?
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“There are so many” vs. “There is so many”

There are so many questions on this website. There is so many questions on this website. The former "sounds right," but the contracted form of the latter does as well: There's so many ...
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“Yes, I thought it was very good.” Why “thought”?

Here is a sentence from "Essential Grammar in Use" book by Raymond Murphy: Did you enjoy the film ? Yes, I thought it was very good. The correct answer in key section is "thought", but why not ...
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“A total of 10 babies is…” vs. “a total of 10 babies are…” vs. “Ten babies in total are…”

Which one is the correct one? A total of 10 babies is sleeping. (A) A total of 10 babies are sleeping. (B) Ten babies in total are sleeping. (C) For me, both (A) and (C) are correct. ...
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“Are either of you free?”

In the process of writing to two people I typed: "Are either of you free?" and was immediately called out by my grammar checker which suggested I should write: "Is either of you free?" The second of ...
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Is “a total of 10 payments” singular or plural?

A total of 10 payments were made. OR A total of 10 payments was made. Which is correct? Or can both be correct?
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A number of questions “has been” or “have been” asked?

Formally, is it correct to write: A number of questions has been asked here. or: A number of questions have been asked here. As a non-native speaker of English, I would prefer the former: ...
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“Retrieves and let you print” or “Retrieves and lets you print”?

Speaking of some program, which of these sentences is correct? Retrieves and let you print... Retrieves and lets you print...