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

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Is acquiesce used correctly in the following exchange?

Joy wants some candy. That can be acquiesced. I have two main questions here: 1) Am I correct in thinking that "That" represents a noun such as "the request", making the second sentence ...
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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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“there were enough room” or “there was enough room”

Which is the correct verb, should it be singular or plural? 1.) "There were enough room." or 2.) "There was enough room."
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Is “Here's some tips” correct? [duplicate]

If I say "here's some tips", is that correct? Doesn't sound right to me. I would have thought it should be "here are some tips".
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“Led Zeppelin was” vs. “Led Zeppelin were” [duplicate]

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. (Source.) Is "were" really the right word here? It feels like it should be "was". After reading the answers and my own ...
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use of “is” or “are”

Which is correct? 1.) Attached are our compensation plan, an independent contract agreement, and a W9. or 2.) Attached is our compensation plan, an independent contract agreement, and a W9. I ...
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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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Verb mix-up in a sentence

I have this sentence, and I have a feeling that the verbs and subjects do not agree with each other, and it continues to bother me. How can I fix it? Furthermore, both mates in a couple could also ...
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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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“Suppose we have a collection of blog posts where each document was/is a post”

I found this in a book: Suppose we have a collection of blog posts where each document was a post. Shouldn't it be: Suppose we have a collection of blog posts where each document is a post. ...
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Is “everyone” singular or plural?

Which is correct? Everyone were convinced that he would go to the game. Everyone was convinced that he would go to the game. I think it's "was", because "everyone" is singular, but I just ...
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Cause vs Causes - subject-verb agreement

A student wrote the following sentence in an essay: Things such as software and workbooks are included in the textbook packages, which causes a significant increase in price. My question is ...
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What is the subject in this sentence?

I would like to know whether to use the singular or plural verb in the following sentence: In cases where there is/are headroom, .... It seems to me that the subject ought to be "In cases ...
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“Who” usage in interrogative form [duplicate]

When using "who" in a question, which is correct: Is it I who has erred? Is it I who have erred? The latter seems correct by test (take out who), but the former seems correct by question form ...
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Neither is or are [duplicate]

Should this be neither is or neither are? Neither of these two books is suitable. Neither of these two books are suitable. Which one is correct?
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Is “statistics” singular or plural?

Statistics shows that people are having fewer children these days! Statistics show that people are having fewer children these days! Which one is grammatical?
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1 in 7 appleS becomeS green? or, 1 in 7 apple becomeS green? or, 1 in 7 appleS become green? [duplicate]

Which of the following is proper grammar usage? 1 in 7 apples becomes green 1 in 7 apple becomes green 1 in 7 apples become green
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When to use is or are in a sentence listing items [duplicate]

search in records where fixtures; oil; gas or minerals; or timber are located. or search in records where fixtures; oil; gas or minerals; or timber is located.
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Ambiguous subject-object: is or are? [closed]

As non-native speakers we are struggling with this sentence. Are both sentences correct and is just a matter of interpretation on what the subject is ("claims" versus "amount")? Or is it clear that ...
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There is (there's) vs.There are

What are the roots of the creeping usage of "there's" for both singular and plural predicates? (This seems to be more common in spoken English.) I have 2 theories. Perhaps it is because spoken ...
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usage of infinitive after feel [duplicate]

What is grammatically wrong with the sentence, "I feel to eat."? After the verb feel, can the infinitive of another verb be used?
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Subject-verb agreement with “Some” as the subject

In the sentence, "Some of their work to make their community a better place to live include(s):" followed by a list of 10 items, which is correct? a) Some include: b) Some includes: A link to ...
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Is “the USA” singular or plural?

On the one side, the USA is just one country. Logic says it should be, then, singular, just like the United Kingdom is. Example: The USA owns this domain. On the other side, if I however expand ...
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“x and y are what drive them” vs “x and y are what driveS them”

Which of the following is correct? It seems evident that self-confidence and a desire for power are what drive them to enter this competition. It seems evident that self-confidence and a ...
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Subject–verb agreement not clear in “Is two bars OK?”

Is the following correct? Can I get some chocolate for myself? Yes, you can but not much. Is two bars OK? Is there any rule to explain the sentence above? The dialogue's taken from Grammar ...
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“None of us is” or “none of us are”? [duplicate]

In the phrase "none of us is promised tomorrow", should it be is or are?
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“[Is/are] X and Y the reason[s] you did Z?”

Is the violence and the abuse the reason you ran away home? Are the violence and the abuse the reasons you ran away from home? Is the violence and the abuse the reasons you ran away home? ...
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“Police have found what appear to be human remains.” versus “– What's in the box? – Chocolates to die for!” Why the different agreement? [duplicate]

In my CD-ROM version of the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, an example sentence for the verb 'to appear' is: "Police have found what appear to be human remains." Gruesomeness apart, what ...
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“His work(s) in research and teaching [have/has] been”

His work in research and teaching have been ... His works in research and teaching have been... His work in research and teaching has been ... If I want to express many pieces of his ...
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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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“The problem is/are Jack and Jill” [closed]

Which one of these sentences is correct? The problem is Jack and Jill. The problem are Jack and Jill.
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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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would I use is or are in the following sentence [duplicate]

As of this report, there are/is confirmed cases in the county and city 1, but not city 2.
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“Were that you who did that” vs. “was that you who did that”

Which of the following is correct? Were that you who did that? Was that you who did that? Obviously one has to use were with you, but which one goes here in this case?
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“Which one is you?” vs “Which one are you?”

Imagine I'm looking at a photo containing a number of people's faces and I can't tell which one belongs to a certain friend of mine. I could ask him one of two things: "Which one is you?" or ...
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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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Use “have” or “has” any/anyone/anything in the question?

Similar to this question, is it correct to use have or has with any* (any/anything/anyone/...) in a question? Examples: Have/Has any of my advices help you? Have/Has anyone of you seen it? Does ...
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a network of engines that enables Vs that enable [closed]

ABC operates a network of multilingual job search engines that enables individuals to find suitable jobs across multiple countries. VS Recruit.net operates a network of multilingual job search ...
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“A majority of those whose family” or “families”

Is "family" both plural and singular? or would I have to say families for the plural form? For example, which of these is the best option: "A majority of those whose family were unaware of their ...
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Why “it’s turtles” not “they are turtles”

It is a third person singular and is used to refer to a thing. If that’s the case, then why do we say: A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on ...
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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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Can altering the syntax of a sentence, without in any way changing the diction used in describing the subject itself, change the subject's number?

There have been debates raging both here and on ELL about this, but the question has, to this point, been focused solely on expletive constructions with compound subjects. This is not intended to ask ...
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“There is a lot of food and fruit” vs. “there are a lot of food and fruit” [duplicate]

Which of the following sentences is correct: There is a lot of food and fruit in the supermarket. There are a lot of food and fruit in the supermarket.
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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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“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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Plural or singular when stating that an amount is enough

A colleague of mine corrected the following sentence in a text I had written: A handful of iterations was generally enough for convergence. According to her it should be: A handful of iterations ...
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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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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?