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

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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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“Has” or “Have” with “Each”?

This is from a multiple choice question with 4 options, but I narrowed it down to 2: Select the best version of the following sentence: (there is really no sentence after this, just the answer ...
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Singular or plural verb for compound subject?

Which is correct? "When quality and integrity matter..." or "When quality and integrity matters..."?
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Is “It is these two issues that we need to pay attention to.” a correct sentence?

I hear many native speakers do say sentences that do not strictly follow the subject-verb agreement grammar rules. (This is off-topic, but do they do it without realizing it?) But in writing, this ...
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“All you need is a good pair of glasses”: What is the subject, and why? [closed]

What is the subject in the following sentence? And why? All you need is a good pair of glasses. is the subject All you need OR a good pair of glasses? If it's 'ALL', then, in a different ...
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Should I have used “is” or “are” when telling a friend “Jennifer and Amy is going”? [duplicate]

Its all in the title. I messaged a friend on Facebook the other day. I told him "Jennifer and Amy is Going" Should I have used are or is?
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Verb Agreement between “means” and a tricky subject

Museum-quality materials mean your document won't discolor. or Museum-quality materials means your document won't discolor. I am having some difficulty in determining which version of ...
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The mayor as well as his brothers is/are going to prison [duplicate]

Which of these is correct? The mayor as well as his brothers is going to prison. The mayor as well as his brothers are going to prison.
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Why is the verb used without “-s” in this sentence? [duplicate]

In order to help the system make a better guess of the corner locations,... In this sentence, why is "make" not succeeded by "s"? It seems it is needed!
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“I, (any name), am here to… ” is this correct?

I'm using this to introduce myself in a speech. The sentence goes like, "On behalf of xyz, I, Kartik Choubisa, am here to..." Or should i say, "... Is here to...?"
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Which verb form goes with “sweat”? [closed]

I just love the way the sweat glistens off your back in the sun I just love the way the sweat glisten off your back in the sun
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If both subjects are the same, can I still use a singular verb?

Is this sentence correct? My mother and best friend loves cooking as much as I do. Considering that I'm referring to the same person here, would it be better if I put it this way: My ...
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Subject/Verb plural/single Agreement With A Dependent Clause

Please consider the following spoken sentence. A few things I noticed is she likes red and she hates green. Spoken, this sounds very correct, but if you analyze the sentence - the subject ...
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Number disagreement between subject and verb in Shakespeare?

I guess this is a quote from Shakespeare's Macbeth: Come what come may, Time and the hour runs through the roughest day. I'm confused about the subject-verb agreement in both sentences. AFAIK ...
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How do I refer to all the properties of one document among many documents? [duplicate]

There are many documents, and each document has many properties. I am trying to say "the properties of one of the documents" I believe that it is correct to say One of the documents' properties ...
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Is it “anybody have plans” or “anybody has plans”?

When the word does is skipped in a question and starts with anybody, what form of the verb have should be used? I thought a sentence like Anybody have plans to stare at their phone somewhere ...
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The topic is/are smart homes [duplicate]

What is correct? 1.) The topic is smart homes. 2.) The topic are smart homes. Regarding 1.) It sounds wrong for me, but in my opinion grammatically correct. Regarding 2.) It sound right, but ...
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Was/were plural [duplicate]

Trying to write a report for my work, I know that if I reconstructed this sentence it would be "were", but with the way it is written now, which way would be right? There was a total of 652 ...
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I demand they do… / I demand them to…

According to practically every grammar I've encountered, "I demanded them to leave" is incorrect English. I've quite literally spoken like this all my life; I don't know if it's a dialectal thing (I'm ...
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“Diameter is” versus “Diameters are” [closed]

Which one is correct? In [7] the diameter of Cayley graphs on Sn is calculated. In [7] the diameters of Cayley graphs on Sn are calculated.
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The most amazing thing (was/were) the people who

Which one is correct? The way I see it, the subject is 'the thing' which is singular thus it should carry 'was', no matter what follows. However, there seems to be a lot of people who use 'were' ...
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Is the question “where is Elmo's legs?” correct usage? [closed]

Is Where is Elmo's legs? correct usage? And how about: Where's Elmo's legs? Is that more or less acceptable, and why?
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“is each” or “are each”?

I haven't found an answer on any of the boards related to 'each' that seems to answer this specific question: I have included the following in draft correspondence: Organization x and ...
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Coordinating Conjunction and Subject-Verb Agreement

Is surfing the internet and using social networking websites a form of entertainment? Why or why not? Are surfing the internet and using social networking websites forms of entertainment? ...
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How do I express a plural subject with a singular noun? [closed]

I am always confused with the following case: Let's say, I have two friends and each of them has a book. Which of the sentences is correct? (1) 'Books of my friends are nice.' (2) 'Book of my ...
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Fraction of … IS or ARE? [duplicate]

Should I use What fraction of the residents are married? or What fraction of the residents is married? Technically, as fraction is singular, I would use the latter version. Am I correct?
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“it's truly vital that he or she becomes/become familiar with the reasons”? [duplicate]

Please have a look at the sentence below: Before one votes on the propositions, it's truly vital that he or she becomes familiar with the reasons for voting both for the proposition and against ...
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Doesn't vs don't [closed]

What's correct here: The body language of South Africans doesn't seem right. or The body language of South Africans don't seem right. Please explain. Because the first one hears right. But ...
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subject-verb agreement and fractions [duplicate]

Which is correct? Two-thirds of the food I eat are vegetables. Two-thirds of the food I eat is vegetables. The first one sounds right to me, but would the second be more "grammatically" correct?
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Compound subject or not? Plural or singular verb?

Is give or gives correct in the following sentence: Substantial experience combined with my programming skills give(s) me the expertise needed to complete the job efficiently. Is "combined ...
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What I said is wrong [closed]

Which one is correct: What I said is wrong. What I said was wrong.
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subject-verb agreement for singular they [duplicate]

The singular-they is becoming trendy*, and I'm curious about conjugating the verbs for this pronoun. For example, instead of "Jim is over there," is it correct to say "They are over there," or "They ...
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Is the following: “The people of USA has…” correct? [duplicate]

I know that the word "people" can be singular to refer to a specific unit, be they nationality, ethnic, or tribe. With that being said, is it correct if I write in my essay: The people of USA has ...
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“What is/are new here is/are …”

Original sentence: "What are new here are (1) XYZ and (2) PDQ." Correcting this sentence in a text and it just feels wrong. In order to make sure I change it correctly, I tried searching for: The ...
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A battery of tests is/are

This is from a recent article: He was rushed to the hospital immediately and a battery of tests was conducted. Now shouldn't it be He was rushed to the hospital immediately and a battery ...