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

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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 ...
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“occur” vs “occurs” with a singular collective noun

I wrote: The ability to guarantee that a batch of writes occurs together. One reviewer wanted to change that to occur. I'm not sure if this is my idiom (Australian of U.K. origin) vs American ...
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Why is the sentence “The sheep 'stray' when the gate is left open” incorrect?

The sentence should be written as "The sheep strays when the gate is left open". Does the use of the definite article, the, always makes the grammar number singular?
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“is” vs “are” when followed by a number

I read the following sentence on YouTube and initially thought it was grammatically incorrect: Here are 10 minutes of the movie Black Hawk Down! I thought "are" should have been "is" but then I ...
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Is it “James and Paul come” or “James and Paul comes”? [duplicate]

Which is the correct way of writing: As an appointment, James and Paul comes tomorrow. Or As on appointment, James and Paul come tomorrow. I would also like to know why.
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What is the proper way to refer to the Original Poster (OP)?

In a Stack Exchange comment, I was corrected by referring to a user named alice as a "he". I said (context): I know he thinks he needs all of the eigenvalues, but I've learned that ... and was ...
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“There were only 4” versus “There was only 4”?

I used the sentence "there was only 4 channels on tele" (reminiscing about the good old days before digital TV!), but I wasn't sure if I was right, so tried were instead of was. It still doesn't ...
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drink vs drink of

I am having trouble with these two sentences: He drinks of the spring. He drink the spring. Are these two sentences correct? Do they have the same meaning? By the way, is there ...
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One may, two verbs

I wonder which of the following is grammatical. Your account password or username may have changed, but hasn't yet been updated on our side. Your account password or username may have ...
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Correct verbs in sentence [closed]

Assume that I am advertising that a payment will be asked only if we actually execute a given job right, and I say: "if we don't do it right, we have been working for free" "if we won't do ...
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“Date and venue is” vs. “date and venue are”

Which of the following is the correct way? Date and venue is the top priority. Date and venue are the top priority.
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“Are” Vs “Is” in the following sentences

I'm confused what verb would concord in the following couple of sentences: The number of students and the number of teachers are/is decreasing day by day in the school. Either a number of ...
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Present tense in a question with verb in past tense [closed]

I have got following two questions. I wanted to ask am I correct in thinking that we can’t test token system? I wanted to ask was I correct in thinking that we couldn't test token system? I ...
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Can a question “ask” or “request,” or is this an action that only humans can do?

Is it appropriate to say, for instance: This question asks for advice. This question asks about dogs. These questions request help. Or are the acts of asking & requesting actions that only ...
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Which phrase is more grammatically correct?

I've been going back and forth between a coworker over which of the following is correct and I thought that maybe this SE could help. I have an application with the following message: The X ...
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all we have are or is each other [duplicate]

I heard this phrase in the official call of duty ghosts reveal trailer: All we have is each other A quick Google search also reveals about a hundred thousand occurrences, but it sounds really ...
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Is “I is free” grammatical [closed]

I heard the sentence “I is free” in the movie Django Unchained. But is that really a well-formed sentence grammatically? Could I use it myself in regular conversation?
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Combining past and future tense

I want to say that in the past I decided something that I will do in the future: Already in my bachelor years I decided that I want work at [. . .] after my master. Is want here correct, or ...
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“Is you is or is you ain't my baby?” [duplicate]

Is this phrase grammatically correct? Is you is or is you ain't my baby? It's from a Tom and Jerry cartoon: http://vimeo.com/40283242 (at 1:30, 2:00 and 3:00).
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“India have won” vs. “India has won” [duplicate]

I would like to know when to use singular or plural verb agreement when talking about a country. E.g., India have won the match. India has won the match. Which statement is grammatical? ...
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Technicalities about “%”?

Usage of "%" I'm almost positive it's a prepositional phrase since it's really means "per cent" or "per 100". So in a sentence like: 90% of my street are doing lawn work. It would be "are" and ...
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Pluralization rules for descriptions

Consider a sentence of the following form: X, and the Y which comes with it, is good. Assume X and Y are nouns, and X is singular. Should "is" be replaced with "are"? Is there some other ...
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Savings and Costs Verb Treatment [duplicate]

So this has been bothering me for a while in the technical reports that I have been working on. I frequently come across these two sentences: The energy savings, ES, are estimated to be $100. and ...
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Which is right: “what pants is he wearing” or “what pants are he wearing”? [duplicate]

Since 'pants' is one of those always plural words, I can't figure out which sounds right.
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Plural or singular when stating that an amount is enough

A colleague of mine corrected the following sentence in a text I had written: A handful of iterations was generally enough for convergence. According to her it should be: A handful of iterations ...
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How to use “and” “is” “are” with locations [closed]

I am confused with how to use "is" and "are" with locations. Which is correct? a)Library and lecture room is crowded. b)Library and Lecture room are crowded.
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“A majority of those whose family” or “families”

Is "family" both plural and singular? or would I have to say families for the plural form? For example, which of these is the best option: "A majority of those whose family were unaware of their ...
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Will the sentences be correct? [duplicate]

We all know that universal statements are always in present tense. For example, My grandma did not believe that the Earth revolves around the Sun. Here, though the sentence is in past tense, ...
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“One blue ball and one red ball is” or “are”? [duplicate]

Which is correct? One blue ball and one red ball is preferred. One blue ball and one red ball are preferred.
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What should be taken into account? The verb or the list? [duplicate]

Watching Nat Geo, religious rituals on Youtube, and the full series of Saw back to back has exponentially increased my resilience. Is this sentence correct? I am confused as to whether I should ...
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“Has received” in past tense sentence? [duplicate]

"It occurred to me that no Korean has ever received the Nobel Prize in Literature." In this sentence, is "has received" right, rather than "had received"? Is it because "that" indicates continuation ...
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“The doors is closing” — correct?

A friend of mine tried to convince me that the expression "the doors is closing" is correct. It sounds completely wrong to me, but googling for it turns up some results.