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

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Subject-verb agreement with “Some” as the subject

In the sentence, "Some of their work to make their community a better place to live include(s):" followed by a list of 10 items, which is correct? a) Some include: b) Some includes: A link to ...
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“There was some attempts” or “there were some attempts”? [closed]

Is the grammar in the following Alice in Wonderland quote correct? Would it be more appropriate to use were given that the noun phrase is plural? There was some attempts at applause, which was ...
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“[Is/are] X and Y the reason[s] you did Z?”

Is the violence and the abuse the reason you ran away home? Are the violence and the abuse the reasons you ran away from home? Is the violence and the abuse the reasons you ran away home? ...
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“Police have found what appear to be human remains.” versus “– What's in the box? – Chocolates to die for!” Why the different agreement? [duplicate]

In my CD-ROM version of the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, an example sentence for the verb 'to appear' is: "Police have found what appear to be human remains." Gruesomeness apart, what ...
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“The problem is/are Jack and Jill” [closed]

Which one of these sentences is correct? The problem is Jack and Jill. The problem are Jack and Jill.
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would I use is or are in the following sentence [duplicate]

As of this report, there are/is confirmed cases in the county and city 1, but not city 2.
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“Were that you who did that” vs. “was that you who did that”

Which of the following is correct? Were that you who did that? Was that you who did that? Obviously one has to use were with you, but which one goes here in this case?
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“Which one is you?” vs “Which one are you?”

Imagine I'm looking at a photo containing a number of people's faces and I can't tell which one belongs to a certain friend of mine. I could ask him one of two things: "Which one is you?" or ...
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Use “have” or “has” any/anyone/anything in the question?

Similar to this question, is it correct to use have or has with any* (any/anything/anyone/...) in a question? Examples: Have/Has any of my advices help you? Have/Has anyone of you seen it? Does ...
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a network of engines that enables Vs that enable [closed]

ABC operates a network of multilingual job search engines that enables individuals to find suitable jobs across multiple countries. VS Recruit.net operates a network of multilingual job search ...
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“His work(s) in research and teaching [have/has] been”

His work in research and teaching have been ... His works in research and teaching have been... His work in research and teaching has been ... If I want to express many pieces of his ...
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“There is a lot of food and fruit” vs. “there are a lot of food and fruit” [duplicate]

Which of the following sentences is correct: There is a lot of food and fruit in the supermarket. There are a lot of food and fruit in the supermarket.
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Can altering the syntax of a sentence, without in any way changing the diction used in describing the subject itself, change the subject's number?

There have been debates raging both here and on ELL about this, but the question has, to this point, been focused solely on expletive constructions with compound subjects. This is not intended to ask ...
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“As many books as suits your schedule” vs. “as many books as suit your schedule”

Read as many books as suit(s) your schedule. Singular or plural agreement?
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“There Is”/“There are” depends on plurality of the first list element or not?

It seems I put a stick in the anthill at ELL. Bounty assigned by outside party, two lengthy, reference-citing answers, one "-1" (awarded the bounty), one "-2", two others scored "0" and "-2" ...
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“'Hello', says he. 'Hello', says I” — is this correct?

I'm reading a novel in which once in a while a character says something like "I are", "He do", and similar stuff. I understand the author is just reproducing the way people talk on the streets. ...
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“Lots and lots of…two different uncountable nouns”

I'm writing a story for little children and would really appreciate some help with the following sentence: "There was lots and lots of red, and lots and lots of blue." Is that correct? Or ...
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“There is an apple and an orange” or “there are an apple and an orange”? [duplicate]

There is an apple and an orange on the table. There are an apple and an orange on the table. Which is grammatical?
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Is this usage correct: “my [verb]” [duplicate]

I have been thinking of this sentence: All these factors culminated in my choosing [some life decision]. Is the usage of my choosing correct?
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I was wondering which tense should be used in the following sentences

Suppose it is now 12 o’clock at noon and I want to tell my mother I will have three meetings: one in the afternoon, one three days later, and one in several months. If I spoke at 9 in the morning, ...
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Is it right to say available valuable?

This sentence is pat from my paper which I would like to submit but I am not sure if it is right? Does it sound correct? Is available here correct? This study reveals that S and A have ...
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“…that ultimately make your life.” Or “…that ultimately makes your life.” Which one is right?

Life is too short to regret of not “living your dreams” that ultimately “make your life” Or Life is too short to regret of not “living your dreams” that ultimately “makes your life” ...
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Is this mixture of plural and singular legitimate?

But what is most important for our purposes is that these changes were the signal for the resumption of historical debate on a grand scale, of the kind that had been suspended or driven ...
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Is there a contraction for “where are” like “where's” for “where are”?

What is a contraction for where are? I wanted to ask "Where are the keys?" but want to use a contraction. Do I have to just say Where are, or can I say Where's and it's understood?
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Using a singular or plural verb after “and/or”

If the subject of a sentence is separated by "and/or", should the verb be pluralized, as with "and", or agree with the rightmost subject, as with "or"? For example: His co-workers and/or his boss ...
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“Did you contacted them” or “did you contact them” [duplicate]

Did you contacted them? Did you contact them? Which of above sentences is correct? If both are correct, what's the difference between them? In which scenarios can I use them?
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Which is correct: “for you who loves knowledge” or “for you who love knowledge”?

In this case, the "you" is singular. Further, does adding a comma after "you" make a difference? Thanks.
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“Favorite fruits are grapes” or “favorite fruit is grapes”

I think I understood the general idea of fruits vs fruit, but what about the situation where you're saying: "My favorite fruits are grape"? This made me cringe when I saw it in an English course ...
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Why do they use “Apple are” instead of “Apple is”? [duplicate]

Examples taken from OMG Ubuntu: Apple are expected to finally give a release date for OS X Mavericks, the latest update to their desktop operating system at an event today. For Mavericks ...
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What to do to control erroneous shift in verb tense?

According to Purdue OWL, the following paragraph is correct: By the time Tom notices the doorbell, it has already rung three times. As usual, he has been listening to loud music on his stereo. ...
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Verb agreement with some subjects

Are the following sentences correct? It's high time the government took steps to eradicate terrorism. It's high time to take steps to eradicate terrorism. I am asking this question because ...
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Concord of “scholarly enquiry combined with introspection” [duplicate]

What is correct: Scholarly enquiry combined with introspection reveals Scholarly enquiry combined with introspection reveal
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the rest of her family was or the rest of her family were [duplicate]

which is correct: a) she didn't mind a mild storm when the rest of her family were present b) she didn't mind a mild storm when the rest of her family was present
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Would 'There are 300,000 dollars in my bank account' be correct usage? [duplicate]

Would using there are instead of there is be acceptable in utterances that talk about quantity? For example, There are 300,000 dollars in my account. There are 20 gallons of petrol in my ...
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Is this quote about music correct?

There's a (famous according to Google) quote by the German-Jewish poet Berthold Auerbach: Music is a universal language, and needs not be translated. With it soul speaks to soul. Is the quote ...
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“This date and time is” vs. “this date and time are” [duplicate]

The following sentence appears in a letter I am editing: If this date and time are not convenient please contact me at ... Structurally, this seems okay, but it feels very awkward. Shouldn't it ...
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A pack of wolves run through the woods [duplicate]

Is the correct to say A pack of wolves run through the woods or is the correct English A pack of wolves runs through the woods The former sounds right. However, I think the subject is a ...
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“Why are there more of them” vs. “why is there more of them” [duplicate]

I was writing this sentence: Why are there more of them on some nights than on others? Is is or are correct here? I was told that is is correct, but to me, are sounds better.
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Proper usage of “is” and “are” when specifying multiple nouns

This is one thing I never really bothered looking into, but have always been unsure of. punching, kicking, slapping or slashing [is/are] strictly prohibited That's what I'm trying to determine. ...
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A younger generation of men follow or follows? [closed]

Could you explain to me which is correct? A younger generation of men follow . . . A younger generation of men follows . . . Could you also explain why? I was thinking that the bit that cannot be ...
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Does the verb after 'set of' agree with 'set' or the plural noun that follows?

Does the verb after 'a set of + plural noun' agree with 'set' or 'noun'? For example: 'Law is a set of rules that govern/governs society.'
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Which is grammatical, “the softness and sweetness [was/were] perfect”?

which is grammatically fine to use? The softness and sweetness of rice [was/were] perfect.
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Is “am” ever proper English without an “I” somewhere before or after it? [duplicate]

For a long time, I have been convinced that the use of the word am without the word I either before or after it is incorrect. For instance, saying Am going all by itself. However, I recently ran a ...
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“Need” vs. “needs” after a list [duplicate]

Is it need or needs? Highway 68 and Robinson Canyon Road need your support. Highway 68 and Robinson Canyon Road needs your support. I voted needs.
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Been watching Masterchef and . .

Been watching Masterchef for a while now and I notice than Gordon always says: Your sixty minutes starts . . . now! I notice it often because it sounds wrong to my ear. I was just watching it ...
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“This paper, combined with some glue” — singular or plural?

If I have an item, combined with another item, is it still a singular subject in the sentence? For example: This paper, combined with some glue, makes for an afternoon of art projects. This ...
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Is this question grammatically correct?

Something seems off about this sentence, but I can't put my finger on it. The sentence in question: Which countries is Nicaragua competing with? Alternatives I considered: With which ...
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Controversy over verb choice in “neither you nor I {is/am/are} in control”

I was watching the film A Game of Shadows starring Robert Downey Junior and Jude law when this line came up, "...neither you nor I is in control..." (I can’t remember the exact words that ended the ...
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Singular or plural verb after a series connected by “or”

The following sentence refers to an apocalyptic story where money no longer has any value: A can of sardines, radio batteries, or a bicycle is/are more precious than money. Should I use is or ...
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Grammatical number of “a specified number of people” [duplicate]

In this sentence, which is correct, is or are? We will not stop operating until a specified number of weak events [is/are] detected. My feeling is that the verb should agree with number, not ...