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

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Should I use 'is' or 'are' in this sentence? [closed]

Should I use 'is' or 'are' in this sentence? Are Joyce and I going to finish the posters? Is Joyce and I going to finish the posters?
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“Another category are/is appearance-based methods” [duplicate]

Another category of vision-based methods for fall detection are appearance-based methods, which can be applied even with a single camera, but can also benefit from multiple cameras so that they ...
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Which of several or’d-together subjects should the verb agree with? [duplicate]

There are instances when I have difficulties with the agreement between the subject and the predicate. Which of these should I say: Neither you nor I am to blame Neither you nor I are to blame.
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“The breast, along with the muscles [is/are]”? [duplicate]

The breast, along with the muscles [is/are] of normal size and shape. Should the verb be is or should the verb be are?
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“There is a plethora…” or “There are a plethora…”? [duplicate]

A simple question that has sparked some debate, and I couldn't find a concrete answer anywhere. There seems to be two camps: The word plethora indicates plural, so therefore it should be "There are a ...
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Correct use of is/are in a list of pronouns [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using “are/is” after a list with “and/or” My company's website recently received an E-mail stating there was a grammatical error in our greeting message. The sentence in ...
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is it correct to use “wide range of courses that has opened my eyes”? [duplicate]

Please tell me if the following sentence requires "have" or "has": My degree in Cell Biology and Genetics has allowed me to take a wide range of courses that has/have opened my eyes to new aspects ...
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Which verb to use when sentence has both singular and plural nouns

For example: The floor plan and room numbers __ updated I want to say are because of room numbers. However floor plan is singular. The room numbers and floor plan is updated and The floor ...
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Questions in indirect speech and verb tense change

Today I had another English lesson and all students were instructed by teacher to ask each other few predefined questions and then to report them. I got the following questions: "What kind of ...
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“I said I would/will go” — which one is correct? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Usage of “will” and “would” I said I will go. I said I would go. Which one is correct?
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Should I use “has” or “have” to describe what a company [has/have] done [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are collective nouns always plural, or are certain ones singular? I am writing a company profile, and am struggling with the language style. Which of these is better? ...
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Is the expression “It don't” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: The grammaticality of “that don’t impress me much” It doesn't. Usually, we say it this way, right? But I have seen some song lyrics using "it don't". (Examples ...
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Sum up the users? Or sum up the number of users?

Let's say that there is a list of users and I want to know how many users are in the list. Would I 'sum up the users,' 'sum the users,' 'sum up the number of the users,' 'sum the number of users,' or ...
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Singular verb for two subjects? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: [Singular] Is/Are [Plural]? Singular or plural following a list Verb agreement in “Where is the Messiah and his Kingdom?” I am having trouble with the following ...
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“I thought it was important that he say it in his own voice.” – That he say it? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should I use the subjunctive mood? I have often come across constructions such as the one highlighted below and wondered how to explain the grouping of a third ...
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Correct use of “is” or “are” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Singular or plural following a list Would I use is or are in the following sentence? The Pohutakawa Coast, Hauraki Gulf, and Waiheke Island is/are the backdrop for ...
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“The number of residents has grown” vs. “the number of residents have grown” [duplicate]

Duplicate: “A number of students” vs. “the number of students” “Number of attempts per question is unlimited” or “are limited”? “A number of questions has been asked” or “have been asked”? ...
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Verb agreement in “Where is the Messiah and his Kingdom?”

Where is the Messiah and his Kingdom? I think it should be "Where are the Messiah and his kingdom"; it just sounds better! But my friends and even a teacher claim that "is" would be correct.
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Is the sentence “My pain look like my pride” grammatically correct?

I am a native Spanish speaker but I have been speaking English for more than ten years. That sentence is part of the lyrics of a song. I get the feeling that it should be "My pain looks like my ...
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Verb agreement of “heaps”/“lots”: uncountable nouns

I am a non-native English speaker and I recently started noticing that most people do not do the correct agreement of the verb with the noun when saying "there is"/"there was"/"here is". They say, for ...
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Explanation for “them's”

Recently someone said to me: Them's the rules I thought he had the sentence wrong, but as it turns out it is slang. I am learning English as a second language and I would really appreciate if ...
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“Blue-green algae is/are present in the lake”?

I was once walking round one our local lakes with my family and there was a sign that read: Blue-green algae is present in the lake [emphasis added] I maintained that it should be are, however ...
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Using “are/is” after a list with “and/or” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Singular or plural following a list James and Mark are going to help you. Here, I use 'are' because the subject is plural. James or Mark are going to help you. ...
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Simple past vs. past perfect

Which is correct to use in the following example, simple past or past perfect? We were completely in the dark after the wind blew the candle out. We were completely in the dark after the wind ...
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Correct use of tense

Can you please confirm which of the following three is correct? I shared some ideas with Jon, which he agrees is a good solution for the problem we are facing. I shared some ideas with Jon, ...
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Use of “What kind”, and “What kind” vs “Which kind”

If we want to know the exact kind of a group of brids, should we say: A: "What is the kind of these birds?" or B: "What kind of birds are these birds"? If the questions above are phrased ...
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“There lie targets” vs. “there lies targets”

I have a sentence: However, until then it is obvious that there lie intermediate “targets” — foo, bar and baz. Is the use of lie in this way correct? The targets still exist, so I don’t want ...
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“Some is controversial, and some is my opinions” — is this grammatical?

I came across the expression ... some is controversial, and some is my opinions. Is this correct? I wonder if “... some are my opinions” might be more correct.
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“The current crop of X (was/were)” - Which is correct? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is the usage of “are” correct when referring to a team/group/band? Is “a wide range of features” singular or plural? From here: The current crop of golfers were ...
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Most of the world thinks I'm awesome. The rest have not met me yet. have or has? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When “most is” and when “most are”? I am having a dilemma here... "Most of the world thinks I'm awesome. The rest have not met me yet." - the rest of the world has not ...
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Is “I wouldn’t have got left” grammatical?

In American English, is the following sentence grammatical? If I had run faster, I wouldn’t have got left.
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Plural of “the [x] of [y]”

What is the proper usage between 1) and 2)? 1) "Determine the values of the coefficients." 2) "Determine the value of the coefficients." Each coefficient has one value in this context. Similarly, ...
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Can plural you be followed by was, not were? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Historical usage of “was”/“were” with “you” We was gonna have some fun ‘All’ below may be regarded as the singular, but can the plural of ‘you’ be followed by ‘was,’ ...
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Using “do” or “does” for two things connected by “and”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Singular or plural following a list Does your mother and father know about this? Do your mother and father know about this? What does "this" and ...
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“[Noun] upon [noun]” — singular or plural?

I am copy-editing a manuscript in which the author has written the following sentence: Rank upon rank of theologians has envisioned God the Father as the omniscient and omnipotent one. "Rank ...
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Subject–verb agreement: “are” versus “is” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Singular or plural following a list My apples and orange are wrong What is correct? Her ripples, her current, her momentum is the fountainhead of science. Her ...
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“Neither of you understands him as I do” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which is correct, “neither is” or “neither are”? “Neither Michael nor Albert is correct” or “Neither Michael nor Albert are correct”? Neither of you understands him ...
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“I was wondering what time it is” or “I was wondering what the time has been”

Can you tell me which option is more natural in this English sentence? I'm sorry to trouble you but I was wondering what (A) time it is (B) the time has been The whole story is that ...
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When should we use proximity rule in “either/or”, and “neither/nor”?

According to this link, if at least one of the nouns involved is plural then it should take the plural form of the verb. Otherwise, it should take the singular form of the verb. But in the last part ...
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More than 1000 gallons of paint is/are sold each day [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Plural/singular verb agreement with units Does modifying a collective noun with a number make the subject plural? Can anyone help me determine the correct verb in this ...
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“… the top ten issues that the voting public care about” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are collective nouns always plural, or are certain ones singular? Is “staff” plural? This feels wrong to me (sounds like it should be cares) but issues is plural and in ...
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“What questions [is/are] your data team hoping to answer?”

Over at stats.stackexchange we are having a minor kerfuffle over whether a title is using incorrect grammar. It has been edited and re-edited several times. It would be great to get some arbitration ...
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What are or What is [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Singular or plural following a list Which of the following are correct: What are the primary cause and the primary consequence of the... What is the primary ...
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Which one is correct: “was/were dead” or “is/are dead” years ago? [closed]

What are the differences between “was/were dead” and “is/are dead”? For example, Osama is/was dead years ago. Are they interchangeable?
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Collective nouns and subject-verb agreement: general rule or arbitrary?

A newspaper ran this headline recently: (1) Police crack down on IAC protesters. [emph added] Why did it not read: (2) ? Police cracks down on IAC protesters. I have found instances of ...
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Collective noun “police” — singular or plural? [closed]

A newspaper ran this headline today: Police crack down on IAC protesters. Isn't the following more appropriate? Police cracks down on IAC protesters.
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Plural followed by singular - “have” or “has”?

I'm wondering which of the following is correct: Guns are an invention that have had an enormous impact on African history. or Guns are an invention that has had an enormous impact on ...
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How to refer to specified 'criteria', as singular or plural? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Criteria” versus “criterion” Criteria is a word which defines collective recommendations for any entity. I was drafting an email to my client ...
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Usage of third person form for first person

Recently, I discovered the following sentence in a Terry Pratchett book (which was not a typing error, since it appeared several times): I sees what he's doing. Presumably, the wrong usage of ...
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“Was” or “were” for “half a dozen”

In Microsoft Word, the following sentence is flagged. It tells me to use "was" instead of "were" There were half a dozen books strewn about the floor. I would think that you would use "were" ...