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

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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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Subject-Verb Agreement with “years” (measurement?) as subject?

Subject-Verb Agreement, wondering which is correct in the following? Our years of grammar experience have / has taught us... Assuming "have" is correct. And that phrase "of grammar ...
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Subject verb agreement

Are these sentences correct? Either of the plates is fine. Are either you or she going? The reason I didn't write "Is either you or she going" is because I'm under the assumption that the verb has ...
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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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Is it grammatically correct - “Her and her looney boyfriend nicked my truck of cigarettes and drove it in the river.”

Is it grammatically correct - "Her and her looney boyfriend nicked my truck of cigarettes and drove it into the river. Just for a laugh." Is that first word 'Her' as a subject grammatically correct? ...
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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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“there comes times” or “there come times”? [closed]

There comes times in... OR There come times in... Please help. I do not want to say "There comes a time..."
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What's the correct verb matching for a 'who' referring to the subject of a previous independent clause?

I was proofreading today and came to a weird situation. Maybe I've stared at it too long and I just need to rest my brain. Here was the sentence: "You can rest assured that the question is ...
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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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notional subject-verb agreement other than for measurement, degree, etc

This is best illustrated with an example: Nikkie has 7 children. Sam has no children. Sam thinks Nikkie's kids are cute, but she thinks it would be a lot of work to raise them all together. Sam: ...
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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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What are needed <is/are> managers with new ideas and the will to apply them

According to the Cambridge Grammar of the English Language by Huddleston and Pullum (page 505), the following sentence is grammatical with either "is" or "are" as the verb of the main clause: What ...
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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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Lehman Brothers (is/are) now taken over by some other company [duplicate]

Lehman Brothers (is/are) now taken over by some other company. My answer is is. My approach to finding the correct answer is that according to subject–verb agreement rules, if both of them ...
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What my son likes the best on T.V (are/is) cartoons?

What my son likes the best on T.V (are/is) cartoons? Ans:is My approach: What my son likes the best on T.V is cartoons.According to me the sentence means he likes a single thing which are ...
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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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Subject-Verb Agreement: “A selection of”

I was okay with the following sentence the first time I read it: "...a selection of films that explore..." Then I realized that the subject of this sentence is probably "a selection" and not ...
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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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Compound subject and verb agreement

Consider the following sentence: The main culprit together with his associates was/were arrested. Which should be used, was or were?
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Subject Verb agreement with comma-aside of a different pluralization

I ran across an interesting conundrum this morning when writing to someone. I wrote the following: Markdown, or flavors of it, is all over the net these days. My question is, what is the ...
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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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Subject Verb Agreement for of-phrase [duplicate]

Four meters of cloth is/are required. Which one is appropriate? I think it's are but I ain't sure... I got confused because the discussion regarding the SV Agreement commonly talks about the ...
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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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Subject-verb agreement error?

I came across the following sentence in a publication: "The main source of knowledge are natural language texts." Shouldn't it be "The main source of knowledge is natural language texts."? Or maybe ...
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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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“numbers who have” vs. “number who has” [duplicate]

MS-Word strikes again: In the following test, it has green underlined the phrase "number who have" and suggested either numbers who have number who has Here is what I've written (slightly ...
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Grammatical number of compound subjects with indefinite pronouns

Nobody from the Police Department and nobody from the Fire Department is/are going to the rescue. Which verb agreement is grammatical or preferable for other reasons? Similar examples: ...
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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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Can the verb number be unknown in an interrogative sentence where the subject is unknown?

"Who appointed him mayor?" Who is an unknown, so would the pronoun number be unknown? Part of my question entails sub-verb agreement. If verbs are classified as being singular or plural, can they ...
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Subject-Verb Agreement regarding two singular subjects

I overheard a conversation today regarding a random topic and one of them said: "There is one man and there is one PC in this picture ." The other person tried to correct her friend by ...
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“It seem” vs “It seems”

Today I came across this NY Times' article, where it's written: Talking to people at newspapers makes it seem as if the future of comments is all social log-ins and filtering algorithms. But I ...
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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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'One out of three people thinks' or 'one out of three people think'? [duplicate]

Could someone please explain to me which of these sentences is correct and why? Only one out of three respondents (29%) thinks otherwise. Only one out of three respondents (29%) think ...
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Noun & verb agreement

in the sentence "Fourteen of the bones make up the face and jaw." is "Fourteen" singular or plural? The preceding sentence is "The skulls of every human being have 22 bones." The grammar book I'm ...