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

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A host of competitive offers has / have been received

Singular or plural verb? A host of competitive offers have been received. (The sense is plural, so should we use 'have'? Or should it be 'has' to agree with the singular subject 'host'?) Thanks.
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Our hope and prayer is/are? [duplicate]

I have always said, "Our hope and prayer is..." but was recently corrected by my husband and told that the correct grammar would be, "Our hope and prayer are...". Which one is correct?
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“Population”. Is it plural or singular? [duplicate]

For example, should I say: The target population was selected ... OR The target population were selected ... (please ignore passive voice issue)
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She, as well as I (am/is/are?) tired of the work

As I was riding the train with a Japanese colleague, she took notice of this English question posted on one of the ads (about a medicine for stomachaches. Yes, I'm confused as well): She, as well ...
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Subject Verb Agreement: Each of [duplicate]

I understand that with words that indicate portions e.g. a lot, a majority, some, all, etc, I need to look at the noun after 'of' to decide if the verb is singular or plural. If the noun after 'of' is ...
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Conditional: More than 1 [duplicate]

The stoplight turns green if there (is/are) more than 1 car(s) waiting I'm having a bit of trouble figuring out the above statement. Which configuration is correct? This is odd, as I'm a native ...
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You do not need to take further action/s. Action or actions?

Okay, so this as been a great bother for me over the years. As a general rule of thumb, I usually follow this format: using "a" for singular and none for plural. Like so, You do not need to take ...
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“Who are” vs “who is” [closed]

Sentence: it's not what's on the table that matters, but who (is/are) in the chairs. I thought are might be correct because of plural chairs, but family members disagree.
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Prepositional phrase agreement with the rest of the sentence

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? Our testers are actually very nice people with a soul. Assuming it is grammatically correct, is it logically correct? Am I implying that all of ...
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Is “software” plural or singular? [closed]

I'd like to know why this sentence uses "needs" instead of "need": Even some very popular software sometimes needs a year or two of testing, I think the subject is plural because it says some is ...
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Subject-verb agreement with plural nouns [duplicate]

I am confused about numbers. Which one is correct? Goals is what makes me feel alive. or Goals are what makes me feel alive. And another example I am confused about: Another factor is ...
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Usage of Parenthetical Plural

I am trying to rewrite two sentences like the following into a single sentence using a parenthetical plural: 1: The rule will add an assertion. 2: The rule will add assertions. Combining them,...
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Is “a row of” plural or singular?

I see an example in Longman dictionary. For the word of "toolbar", it says, "a row of small pictures at the top of a computer screen that allow you to do particular things in a document". I am ...
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Is it a big mistake if I say “The thing I love are flowers”? [duplicate]

So I was wondering if both forms are correct The thing I love is flowers and The thing I love are flowers
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“Make you feel” vs “makes you feel”

Can you think of any activities that makes you feel out of breath? I think it should be "make you feel out of breath" but my friend says it should be "makes".
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When to use -ed or not as part of objective portion of sentence

Which one of the following usage is correct and why? I would like to have the content changed to the following: ... OR I would like to have the content change to the following: ... The ...
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Smoking, drinking and eating are not allowed

I live in Bangkok and on the intercom in the subway they constantly say Smoking, drinking and eating are not allowed. To me it sounds weird. I’d say Smoking, drinking and eating is not allowed. ...
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Is literature as in 'the literature' singular or plural

When referring to literature in the sense of academic literature or philosophical literature I have sometimes heard people use the noun as if it were similar to the word 'people.' For example: 'The ...
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Number when using “one of those who…”

Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct? He is one of those who prefer studying over traveling. He is one of those who prefers studying over traveling. Should the verb ...
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Grammar agreement help [closed]

I am having a very hard time finding the error in one of the two sentences below. I thought they were both correct, however one of them is incorrect. As you requested, here are some documentaries ...
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Subject-verb agreement. Subject is plural, but not really [duplicate]

Once again I have a line that I wrote for another site that has me a bit bugged. Months in the freezer is going to pretty much eliminate any risk of consuming a live parasite. Months is ...
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Why isn’t singular ‘they’ used with 3Sg verb forms?

There are many (duplicate) questions about the acceptance, popularity and history of singular they (and their, them and themself) around here, it even got a tag of its own. If I didn’t miss anything, ...
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“Inspection of A and B is/are already done”

My friend wrote: Inspection of Indian Embassy and Bangladesh Embassy is already done. Rest of the inspection is expected soon! I think the first sentence is ungrammatical, the is must be an are ...
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Is a value something to “indicate” the valued thing?

Sorry for the confusing title. I came across the following sentence and am wondering if the word "indicate" collocates with the word "value" as in this case: The PCS (Print Contrast Signal) is a ...
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Why “all of us” instead of “all of we”? [closed]

When using the construction "all of us" as a subject in a sentence, the pronoun stays an object pronoun, as such: All of us are in the same boat. The alternate construction just sounds weird (to ...
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'Was' or 'were' with 'period' & 'eleven years' [duplicate]

I was reading a letter I got from an old friend, back in 1998, and at a certain point she wrote: "Our period of greatest prosperity were those eleven years when Thatcher was in office." ...
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-ing nouns and verb agreement [duplicate]

I have the sentence "It seems that stealing and selling pedigree pets # a lucrative and worthwhile business." and my question is, if I should put "is" or "are" as a verb?
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“being wined and dined” — singular?

I want to say, "He loves being wined and dined, and he's not above demanding it." I don't know whether being can be treated as the referent of it, or I must take the whole verb phrase as a plural. I ...
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Use of Phrasal Verb 'Yearn for'

I'd like to ask if the following sentence is grammatically correct: It is a rare luxury yearned for by even those who have it all. I am especially concerned with the usage of the phrasal verb "...
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Should we say “they are high enough as they are” or “they are high enough as it is.”?

I've heard on TV: "We really hope property taxes won't be increased; they are high enough as they are." Would it be ungrammatical to say "...they are high enough as it is."?
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“There is” vs “there are”?

I wrote an essay and returned it to my teacher who told me that it was perfect except for that one mistake with the usage of there are: There are currently 192 218 546 ways to set up..." She ...
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Subject-Verb Agreement with “Who” [duplicate]

Which one is correct? He is one of the boys who play football. He is one of the boys who plays football. Please state the reason as well.
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Can an institution “attest to its highest academic standards”? Is that kind of attesting something only a person can do?

My full quotation is for a formal letter to a university president, congratulating her on becoming president. "Under your leadership, I believe that Anytown University will continue to attest to its ...
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Bread and butter is/are my breakfast?

Bread and butter (is or are) my breakfast? And what's the difference between the above sentence and saying "My breakfast is bread and butter"? Thanks.
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American English: collective noun + verb when collective noun is plural? [duplicate]

I'm struggling with grammar and the name of a group of clinics; let's say that there are five dental clinics colocated in the same building, and the name of that group is Foo Dental Clinics. There's a ...
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“Most of what” and “is” or “are”

I've gotten into an argument about whether "Most of what I've read is books" or "Most of what I've read are books" is correct. I think it should be "is" because "most of" refers to "what I've read" ...
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Confusing rule about subject-verb agreement

I am currently working through "The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation" by Jane Straus. In the section on subject-verb agreement the author describes a rule for sentences that begin with "there" or "...
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“Behead” or “beheads”?

My question is about the use of the form "beheads" in the following sentence from Victor Davis Hanson's essay "Are the Orcs Winning?": In contrast, Hamas only drives Christians out of Gaza rather ...
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'is' or 'are' in lists of counted nouns [duplicate]

Which of the following is correct? Does the is/are depend on the total number of things in the list, or only on the thing immediately following the is/are? There is 1 apple and 1 orange available. ...
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The process creates the prize? [closed]

I would like to know which one of the sentences is correct and why? The process create the prize. or The process creates the prize.
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“What I'm looking for is/are [plural noun]”

Which one of these is correct, and if both are correct in certain contexts, which is preferred? What I'm looking for is methods that help... What I'm looking for are the methods that help... ...
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Compound subject whose parts are joined by “and” and verb agreement : when is the singular correct?

I am in doubt as to whether the subject-verb agreement of the second sentence of this paragraph is correct : Unfortunately, there is no such thing as the ideal home workshop because most people ...
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“What tools is everybody using?” or “What tools are everybody using?” [closed]

I often see "What tools is/are everybody using?" and other sentences of same form used with both is and are. Which one is the correct way to write the question? What tools is everybody using? ...
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Agreement of subject and predicate [duplicate]

can someone explain this rule to me, please? A few collective nouns (public,infantry etc) occur in the singular, but are followed as a rule by a plural verb, though a singular verb is also ...
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Subject-Verb Agreement - was/were [duplicate]

A bag of carrots and half a tomato "was/were" sitting on the kitchen counter. A bag of carrots and half a tomato was sitting on the kitchen counter. Is this correct? I was informed that the main ...
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“Becomes” or “Become” in this sentence? [duplicate]

Many small companies have difficulty growing because the number of orders becomes too large to handle. Should I use become or becomes in this sentence? I don't know, but the sentence feels a ...
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“Her whole family IS/ARE biologists”? [duplicate]

I'm not sure whether to put is (number agreeing with the singular her whole family) or are (number agreeing with plural biologists) in this sentence: Her whole family is/are biologists. After ...
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Number agreement of verb with plural algorithm name as subject

Should I say: Geodesic Active Contours (GAC) are a method for shape approximation that have demonstrated excellent performance for abdominal wall segmentation. Or: Geodesic Active Contours (...
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Correcting the usage of singular “they” and “their”

NB This is not a question on how to use the said terms. This is not a question on what the said term mean. It might just seems like so. Starting with the following sentences. It's insulting that ...
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Should I use “is” or “are” with “any of X”?

Please log a CIP if ANY of the following is required to make the change: Please log a CIP if ANY of the following are required to make the change: I believe it should be are; but am I right?