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

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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 cartoons....
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How to agree verb with has and will in same sentence? [duplicate]

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 "films"....
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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 "conspires"?...
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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 "is"...
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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 ...
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“Decides that” or “Decide that” - which is correct and why? [duplicate]

"The coaching staff decides that changes must be made." or "The coaching staff decide that changes must be made."
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Bill reading Shakespeare and Maureen singing Schubert satisfy/satisfies me [duplicate]

Which verb form is grammatically correct here? My intuition says 'satisfy' but a textbook I'm reading says otherwise (Core Syntax: A Minimalist Approach. If interested, a legal copy is available here)....
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When is “backshifting” optional?

In reported speech, tenses are generally backshifted. If what was said is still true at the time of reporting then back shifting is optional. My question is, if someone doesn't backshift the tense ...
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Correct vs. incorrect usage of “there were + [number] noun + verb” patterns

I am having a problem figuring out what exactly makes the following sentences incorrect, and what is different in comparison with the correct sentences below. (I am not a native English speaker, but I ...
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I received an email saying documents are /were [duplicate]

I received an email saying that the documents are/were being processed. Which is correct? Are or were?
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Choose the option that best corrects the comparison error in the following part of the sentence - (accomplished and intelligent like Merlin)

Although Merlin was renowned for his superb wizardry and general sagacity, Mingo, his unheralded apprentice, was every bit accomplished and intelligent like Merlin. a. accomplished and intelligent as ...
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Canadian English and collective nouns subject/verb agreement

Please, forgive me if this has already been asked. I did a quick search and found nothing specifically regarding Canadians, but a kind redirection would be helpful if this is a repeat. I understand ...
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Indefinite articles used with plural nouns: It was AN amazing TWO DAYS

The indefinite article a(n), derives from the old English word an meaning "one". Generally this word only occurs in determiner function before noun phrases which are singular. However, there seem to ...
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verb tense agreement [duplicate]

I was named even before I was born. Is this correct? or I had been named even before I was born In the first sentence, the even before word clarifies the time frame. Do we still need to ...
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km plural or singular, “out of which 100 km is motorway”

The sentence is The total length of the public road's network is 29151 km, out of which 1243 km are motorways, 6810 km of national roads and 21098 km of regional and local roads. source: ...
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present/past tense in a subordinate clause

A few days back I asked a question about whether a present tense verb in a subordinate clause can be followed by a past tense verb in the main clause. A veteran grammarian (Andrew Leach) says yes, it ...
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There was a rumor + is/was

Could anyone tell me that if the sentence "There was a rumor that Citibank is in debt." is grammatically correct ? Please advise me. Some say it is correct while others say it is ungrammatical. I'm ...
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…is/was in debt [closed]

I'm really sorry to put the same question through. Let's say I'm narrating a past incident in which one of the sentence is -- "There was a rumor that Citibank is in debt." I'm aware that here 'is' ...
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There was a rumor +… is/ was [duplicate]

Let's say I'm narrating a past incident in which a sentence goes like -- There was a rumor that Citibank is in debt. Is the above sentence correct or do I need to replace 'is' with 'was' ?
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Either X(s) or Y(s) is/are [closed]

I am confused on how to formulate sentences with (n)either...(n)or and the form of verb. Which sentence is gramatically correct? "Either my uncle or aunt are visiting me today" "Either my uncle or ...
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“not only… but also” in questions? [duplicate]

Here is a multiple-choice question: _____ not only I but also he going to Paris? A. Am B. Is C. Are D. Be Which choice is correct?