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

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“Neither is” or “neither are” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which is correct, “neither is” or “neither are”? Which is correct? No, neither of these websites is biased as they give a wide range of informative information ...
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“How much is/are the two fares?”

Which is correct? How much is the two fares? How much are the two fares?
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Somebody/someone gets/get *

Which is correct: "Somebody gets punished" or "Somebody get punished?" I have the same question with respect to "Someone gets" and "Someone get." Is there a rule which applies to this kind of ...
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“A variety of X is” vs. “a variety of X are”

Which of the following sentences is correct? A variety of dishes are being prepared. A variety of dishes is being prepared. I believe that both can be used, though I'd stick with ...
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“always be” vs “is/are always”

Are the following sentences grammatically correct? I think #2 is correct, but I'm not sure. My room always be clean My room is always clean
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Does “a [x] of [y]” take a singular or plural verb?

What kind of verb, singular or plural, goes with phrases like "a record of [singular or plural noun]", "the use of", "the time of"? Does the choice depend on the following nouns (a record of nouns) or ...
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“…as you and I am” versus “…as you and I are”

Which is the correct usage to end the following sentence? [person] is not as [adjective] as you and I [am/are]. I'd also like to see some good fill-in-the-blanks.
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Can “what kind” be plural?

Is it correct to say, "What kind of patents are being issued in these sophisticated times?" It seems like it should be What kind of patents is being issued..., but that sounds wrong. What kind of ...
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Number agreement of a noun with several adjectives

If there are several adjectives referring to different instances of the same noun, should the noun be plural? For example, which of the following is correct? The first, second, fifth and ...
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Verb agreement with “what”

This came up when reviewing a written English exercise, and I realized that I don't entirely trust my intuition on the answer. Which of the following is correct? Or are both valid? (Or is it ...
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“Who is” or “Who are”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is a company always plural, or are small companies singular? When asking about the identity of a business/company, which of these is the most correct? "Who is ...
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“X has/have joined”

Which are correct? 1 has joined the channel. 1 have joined the channel. 5 has joined the channel. 5 have joined the channel.
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Is two-thirds plural?

Is 2/3 always, sometimes or never plural? E.g. 1a) 2/3 of the pizza were eaten. 1b) 2/3 of the pizza was eaten. 2a) 2/3 of the visitors were men. 2b) 2/3 of the visitors was men. I ...
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“1 out of 100 chickens is” or “1 out of 100 chickens are”?

I'm in an argument. To me "are" makes more sense. I understand the rationale for is because it's only one chicken, but chickens itself is plural. Help?
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“Each” vs. “both”

I have this sentence: Each of the datasets HapMap 6 and CEU HapMap 610 is stored in two schemas. Background: a schema is a namespace within a database. Possible variations include: [Each ...
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A pedant's plea for a proper pun

This problem has plagued me occasionally, and I'm finally asking: What is the proper grammar (specifically, verb use and capitalization) in the following pun situation? The only Windows I want to ...
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“The committee has” vs. “the committee have” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is a company always plural, or are small companies singular? I have two statements like this: The committee has approved expenditure of hundred crores. The ...
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Is it correct to say “What's the best search tools in windows?”

I saw a question in superuser.com, and the title ran: What’s the fastest desktop search tools you’ve used on Windows? It uses 's with tools, is this correct? Or should it be What's the best tool ...
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“The one who wants” vs. “the one who want”

I am getting confused with usage of 's' with verb- consider following 2 sentences- I am the one who wants to stay with you. I am the one who want to stay with you. According to me, first ...
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“There always come/comes a point”

Which is correct? There always come a point... There always comes a point... Would there be better ways to write this?
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How should we treat a plural term that refers to singular term?

I'd like to better understand why is the following grammatical: One of the problems is flags. Here flags refers to the flagging system. However, flags is plural and the flagging system is ...
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“One of those is flags”

Jeff Atwood ♦ has just posted something that I'm confused about Stack Overflow, due to its size, has some unique problems. One of those is flags I'd say that those and flags are both in ...
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“How does he does/do that?” [closed]

How does he does that? How does he do that? Which one is correct? This type of sentence sounds a little odd because of two do/does in a single statement. Is there an alternative which has ...
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Why is 'more than one' considered singular? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “There is/are more than one”. What's the difference? As a native English speaker I do some things naturally that I am unable to explain to foreigners. ...
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Is “what happened is” correct?

Let me provide one example from a local news: "Essentially what happened is the state approved the same dollar amount it did last year for the supplemental general fund" My thinking is, the ...
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“She’s got a ticket to ride, but she don’t care” — why? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: The grammaticality of “that don't impress me much” In the famous Beatles song Ticket to ride, it is said of the protagonist that “she don’t care”. Why ...
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Is it grammatically correct to say "Your barracks is finished.”?

In the online game "Travian" the following sentence is used: "Your barracks is finished. A good step towards world domination.” Shouldn't it be: Your barracks are finished or Your ...
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“There is/are more than one”. What's the difference?

While adding to an Answer to this question, I needed to use the above phrase, and I suddenly realised I was unsure whether to write "is" or "are". There is more than one way to skin a cat. If there ...
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“A lot of ideas” is or are?

My boyfriend and I are arguing about whether the phrase "a lot of ideas" should be followed with is or are. I say that it should be is because the verb is linking to a lot, not ideas. If it were "lots ...
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“Why isn't this line formatted correctly, but formatting work(s) here on Meta?”

If you look here, you can see last revision, from Cody Gray, that he changed "this line of code does not work correctly on stackoverflow but works here on" to "this line of code does not work ...
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Verb agreement with subjects of different grammatical number [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When a sentence uses an optional plural, should the rest of the sentence treat it as singular or plural? I'm writing a technical guide and trying to define 'reader' as ...
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How to choose verb after “there” in beginning of sentence?

Cambridge "Advanced Grammar in Use" provides following rule in Unit 95C: If the noun phrase consists of two or more nouns in a list, we use a singular verb if the first noun is singular or ...
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Pants — “is it” or “are they”?

This question has come straight from this great question title: Pants — why is it plural? I just thought that if somebody hadn't already edited the title, it is either written right, or all editors ...
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Is “who all is” grammatically correct?

I often tend to say something like Who all is coming to the movies? And my friends correct me that I should be saying Who all are coming to the movies? So which one is correct?
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“Do” vs. “does” with multiple singular subjects

How does serverfault, stackoverflow and other stackExchange sites connect together? Is that does or do? Because I'm talking about multiple items, it would be do. What is more correct?
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What does the door do?

We would like to enlist your help in arbitrating this grammatical dilemma. Given the question: What does the door do? Which of the following options is most correct as a response to the ...
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Grammar behind the song title 'The Way I Are' [closed]

You might know the song called The Way I Are by Timberland featuring Keri Hilson. I am very confused here. How does The Way I Are make sense?
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“Are” vs. “is” with compound subjects

How are the wife and kid? How is the wife and kid? Which is more correct?
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Historical usage of “was”/“were” with “you”

I was reading letters from a surgeon to his wife during the Civil War and noticed he used "was" as opposed to "were" on many occasions. Examples: I truly wish you was here with me. Was you ...
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Plural contraction in a very specific case: Which is correct? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “There are so many” vs. “There is so many” I was talking with a friend recently, and to entice him to come to an event with cookies. Which way ...
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Is the past tense correct in “Did you know Fred was a doctor?” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: He didn't know where New Jersey was… Tense change: previous actions on something that's currently true My wife and I were disagreeing about this today: ...
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The grammaticality of “that don't impress me much”

I'd like to know how the sentence "That don't impress me much" sounds to a native English speaker. The phrase is the title of a song by Shania Twain, and to my eyes it contains a clear error. It is ...
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[Singular] Is/Are [Plural]?

My fish's native habitat is rice fields. My fish's native habitat are rice fields. I'm pretty sure the first is correct, since 'is' modifies 'habitat,' but it still sounds weird...
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Is it: My apples and orange are/is wrong?

Simple question: My apples and orange are wrong or My apples and orange is wrong I am not a native English speaker, and I am having some trouble choosing between plural are or singular is ...
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“who doesn't” vs. “who don't”

What is the difference between "There will be users who doesn't buy something" and "There will be users who don't buy something"? Are they both grammatically correct?
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“Where is” versus “where are”

Is it correct to use is rather than are in this question? Where is my mother and father? Grammatically, it should be where are my mother and father? but, for some strange reason, I think I would ...
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Which is correct: “one or more is” or “one or more are”?

Should the phrase be "one or more is...", or "one or more are..."?
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Which is correct: “All the media is” or “all the media are”?

I think I know that media is a plural word. So then which of the following is correct? All the media is... All the media are... When you search Google, both seem to appear at the same ...
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“How's things?” or “How are things?”

In a short interview where people were introducing themselves I saw something that grammatically sounds erroneous. Is the use of How's things instead of How're things a kind of expression or a simple ...
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“Will have” vs. “Would have”

By the end of the year, I would have attended this school for five years. Of course, the "most" correct way of writing this would be: By the end of the year, I will have attended this school ...