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

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Is “things such as this” singular or plural?

Which of the following is correct? Things such as this make me happy. Things such as this makes me happy. Is the subject "things" or "this"?
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Verb agreement with nouns modified by numbers [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it “5-6 weeks are a lot of time” or “5-6 weeks is a lot of time”? I am writing about a baseball player who has 33 at-bats in his career. ...
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What is the correct subject-verb agreement for chemical quantities expressed in moles?

I'm currently editing some chemistry test questions, and I have several sentences like the following: What is the total number of moles of HCl produced when 3 moles of hydrogen is completely ...
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“With such stature comes increased responsibilities”: is there only a banal typo?

I was interested in the following sentence which appeared in a news article titled "F.A. Gives Sir Alex the Hair-Dryer Treatment" by Jeffrey Marcus in The New York Times (November 12, 2009). ...
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“It might not be adequate and worsen” vs. “it might not be adequate and worsens”

The problem is this sentence: It might not be adequate in some cases and worsen the results. Is it correct or should I write "worsens the results"? If the effect of might not is propagated to ...
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Plural words/singular modifiers

Something I've always been confused about even as a native English speaker... Say, someone is discussing a concert and they say: "there was a huge amount of people there". Is this correct, or should ...
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Subject–verb agreement — two schools of thought?

I wrote a sentence for our web site that was submitted for proofreading. The proofreader "corrected" my sentence. I asked how sure he was that he was correct and that I was incorrect. He explained ...
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“A lot of people, especially this one psychoanalyst […], keeps asking”

In the last chapter of The Catcher in The Rye: A lot of people, especially this one psychoanalyst guy they have here, keeps asking me if I'm going apply myself when I go back to school next ...
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“My last couple of years” — singular or plural?

Should I use "wasn't" or "weren't" in the following sentence? My last couple of years as an Edison Eagle wasn’t all about fighting and bad friendships.
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“This chapter, and the following chapters in this section” — singular or plural?

I have some technical documentation that has the phrase: This chapters describes how to... And I need to upgrade it to refer to the current and following chapters. What is the correct English ...
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Subject-Verb Agreement question [closed]

You, the employer, contribute the most. You, the employer, contributes the most. which one would be correct?
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“My brother or one of my sisters” — singular or plural?

Should I use 'was' or 'were' in this example? I was always delighted when my brother or one of my sisters was/were asked to do them.
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Group difference or Group Differences [closed]

I am comparing males with females and young adults (18 to 44 years) and adults (45 to 65 years). I want to say: The group difference based on gender and age is very small. The group differences ...
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Is it “5–6 weeks are a lot of time” or “5–6 weeks is a lot of time”?

I was just copyediting somebody's answer on another SE site and my native English speaker Sprachgefühl told me I had to correct the grammar of one sentence: ... 5–6 weeks are a lot of time ... ...
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Is this a subject verb agreement error?

My English teacher says that the following is an "agreement" (which I assume means subject-verb agreement) error. He underlined the bolded parts of the sentence. According to Political Research ...
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“Years of experience that keeps us safe.” vs “Years of experience that keep us safe.”

If you've ever seen Mythbusters, you know that all episodes contain at least one safety disclaimer. Having recently rewatched several episodes, I've noticed that some disclaimers have Adam saying, ...
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“Number of attempts per question is unlimited” or “are limited”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “A number of students” vs. “the number of students” I want to know whether the following construct is correct: Number of Attempts per ...
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“The contents of the cereal box” — singular or plural? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “The contents are” or “the contents is” Which is correct? The contents of the cereal box is distributed among the children. The contents ...
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Is the sentence “The world is getting smaller and international connections tighter.” grammatically correct?

Is following sentence grammatically correct? The world is getting smaller and international connections tighter. What kind of construct is this? Parallel structure?
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Consistency of “There is the same number of elements in… as there are in…”

I'm proofreading this in a friend's paper: There is the same number of elements in the set of odd numbers as there are in the even numbers. The same number is singular and it's the thing being ...
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What are wrong with this phrase?

Is the phrase what are wrong with XY and ZZ correct English? I stumbled upon it in a question on movies.SE: What are wrong with the bleach and the fish in the Machinist?, and instantly thought ...
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Is there a grammar mistake in “Ball Don't Lie”?

There is a novel titled 'Ball Don't Lie', and a film also based on the novel with the same name (visit: Wikipedia synopsis). Then the sentence becomes more famous in sports world after Rasheed Wallace ...
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Number agreement of “a thing of the past”

Is the pluralization correct in the following sentences? To Do lists are a thing of the past. To Do lists are things of the past. A To Do list is a thing of the past. Are they all ...
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Does “the same number of people” behave as singular or plural?

This hurts my eyes to read it and my ears to say it, but the writer stands by item #43 About the same number of people was awarded bachelor's degrees in 2010 as filed for personal bankruptcy ...
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We was gonna have some fun [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “You was trouble”? In the movie "Thelma & Louise", Thelma says: You said we was gonna have some fun, so let's have some! So my question is why does ...
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“A number of students” vs. “the number of students” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: A number of questions “has been” or “have been” asked? From the grammatical view both are correct, but please explain the difference in meaning: ...
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Proper use of “has been” versus “have been” after plural reference [closed]

What is the actual "rule," and which one is correct? Ports 10-20 have been or has been opened. I strongly believe that "have been" is correct. I do not however remember the "rule," so I cannot ...
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Do vs. does in a statement [closed]

In the statement "Editorial use of images do not require a model release." which form of do/does would be correct? Should the verb agree with images (as in "images do not require..."), or with ...
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Is “audience” singular or plural?

I want to use 'audience' in the following sentence. In what form should I use it? Is it a singular or plural noun? How the audience demotivate players in the NBA. How the audience demotivates ...
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Are/is “headquarters” always used as plural?

I'm studying Intelligent Business English, there is a question like this: ... The company has offices in six countries, but the -------- are in Brussels. a. headquarters b. main ...
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Correct way of writing this sentence [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: A number of questions “has been” or “have been” asked? Which one of these sentences is correct? The number of students are increasing. or ...
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“If you or your colleague has” or “If you or your colleague have”?

Which is correct out of the following two sentences? If you or your colleague have any questions, let me know If you or your colleague has any questions, let me know I was originally thinking that ...
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Can 'nothing' ever be preceded by a plural verb?

I've had it drilled into my head that nothing is always singular, since it's essentially another way to say 'no thing'. However, in the following sentence, I'm having trouble ascertaining whether the ...
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Is the sentence “There is a large number of labourers who want to migrate to Japan for work.” correct? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: A number of questions “has been” or “have been” asked? There is a large number of labourers who want to migrate to Japan for work. I type ...
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Is “most part of” plural or singular?

Is "most part of" singular or plural? Which is correct: "most part of the banks are corrupt" or "most part of the banks is corrupt"?
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How do I have to refer to God? [closed]

I am always wondering about the proper way to conjugate the verbs when it comes to "God". Do I have to add the "s" to the verb?
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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?