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

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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 [duplicate]

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”

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? [closed]

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 ...