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

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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??
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singular or plural, is/are some price you have to pay

everyone, what should I use in the sentence below? Should I use "are" to agree with the subject, which are two matters, or should I use "is" to agree with the object "price", which is an uncountable ...
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Verb/Subject Agreement Make/Makes

I'm not sure about the proper subject verb agreement in the following sentences. A boy and a girl make/makes a couple. 5 and 5 make/makes 10. 75 and 25 make/makes a hundred. Can you help? ETA: I ...
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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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Subject-Verb Agreement with separate clauses

Which is grammatically correct, and why? This device does two things: create the whatzit and set the squorple in place. This device does two things: creates the whatzit and sets the squorple in ...
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Is it grammatically correct help me ,with proper explanation,with tense explanation [closed]

You were got bored, weren't you? It that correct ,can we use all verbs in past tense.
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Were or are with compound subject?

Someome asked me which of these sentences is correct: There are no pus or polyps. Or There were no pus or polyps. Honestly, both sound wrong to me. I'd say, "there was neither pus nor polys." I ...
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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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“LIfe” as the doer in the sentence — does it have to be that way?

There is a sentence which can be translated into English like this: My life has its ups and downs. My life has ups and downs. My suggested translation was "There are ups and downs in my life". I ...
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“You who is” OR “you who are” [duplicate]

In the following sentence should it be "you who is" or "you who are"? I can make a case for either in my mind. For example, if you turn the sentence around a little bit, you could say, "Tonight, you ...
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Subject-verb agreement with prepositional phrase antecedent and pronoun [duplicate]

One of the engineers who design those programs is visiting with us today? or One of the engineers who designs those programs is visiting with us today?
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Usage of “this is” and “there are” [closed]

Is it clear to use "this is" for plural? To say, for example, "this is my legs"? Or may be the ONLY right variant is to use "there are" in this situation (there are my legs)?
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Is this sentence grammatical: “all there is, are idiolects?” [duplicate]

Someone please explain why singular to plural to singular is correct. In my opinion, this makes no sense. Edit for clarification of what I'm asking: My point is that double linking verbs are not OK ...
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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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He do what he do (does or do)

According to a DMagazine.com headline, it reads: Ron Washington: He do what he do. Is there any case we have to use he do or does it mean something different?
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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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“The earthquake, along with its subsequent aftershocks, HAS/HAVE …” - plural or singular subject?

Is a subject singular or plural with a modifying prepositional phrase that has plural objects? Would it be "has" or "have" in this case: The earthquake, along with its subsequent aftershocks, has/...
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“One of the most crucial problems that exist/s” Subject-Verb Agreement

Which one of the following sentences is correct: One of the most crucial problems that exist in industrial countries such as ... One of the most crucial problems that exists in industrial countries ...
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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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Flipping Sentences and Verb Agreement

Is the following sentence grammatically correct in regards subject-verb agreement? One of the main facets of the soul is the feelings humans treasure above all: love and compassion. 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 chosen,...
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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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Possible exception to the subject-verb agreement rule

Slight movements in the resonant peak are attributed to the changes in the refractive index. I know that normally, are is correct since movements is in plural, but I wonder if I can use is instead? (...
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A Question About Quantifier Shift for “each of you” to “you each”

I understand from reading similar posts on this topic that if I want to write a sentence using "each of you," I should follow this with a singular verb. So, for example, "Each of you has given your ...
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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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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 here: ...
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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 ...