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

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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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Correct vs. incorrect usage of “there were + [number] noun + verb” patterns

I am having a problem figuring out what exactly makes the following sentences incorrect, and what is different in comparison with the correct sentences below. (I am not a native English speaker, but I ...
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Plural or singular after “what … is / are + plural noun”

Example: "what the researchers are looking for is / are materials that ..."
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Which one is correct - “ There is only us here” or “There are only us here” [duplicate]

Temporary reopen note: The linked-to question is about the verb agreeing with the grammatical number of the first item in a list in a there is/are sentence. However there is no list in this question ...
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the effect of using “plus” on the verb

I would like to know, in the following case, which one is correct: "This condition plus some other properties ensures that..." or should I say: "This condition plus some other properties ...
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The class is/are all working on a project together [duplicate]

The class is/are all working on a project together. I am curious to know whether I can use both is and are in this sentence - with a small difference in meaning.
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Subject- Verb Agreement [duplicate]

Which of the two sentences below is correct? (i) Three hours is a long time. (ii) Three hours are a long time.
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The total “is” or “are” worth a certain amount

Which is correct? Fourteen pennies are worth fourteen cents. Fourteen pennies is worth fourteen cents. The former, to me, sounds like "Each of the fourteen pennies is worth fourteen cents." The ...
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“Favorite fruits are grapes” or “favorite fruit is grapes”

I think I understood the general idea of fruits vs fruit, but what about the situation where you're saying: "My favorite fruits are grape"? This made me cringe when I saw it in an English course ...
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“One of the sources of water in our country ARE the rivers” [duplicate]

"One of the sources of water in our country are the rivers" in this sentence, wasn't it supposed to be 'is' instead of 'are'? Normally we say "One of my friends is responsible for this," don't we?
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Verb agreement in “[adjective] and [adjective] [noun]” constructions

Context: I am writing a short text to explain the main differences between Spanish passive sentences with "ser" and "estar", one of which is verb choice: sometimes the adjectival form should be ...
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Singular or plural verb after units of measure [duplicate]

Should the verb in the following sentences be singular or plural? Two cups of sugar [was or were] added to the recipe. Fifty cubic yards of contaminated soil [was or were] excavated.
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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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km plural or singular, “out of which 100 km is motorway”

The sentence is The total length of the public road's network is 29151 km, out of which 1243 km are motorways, 6810 km of national roads and 21098 km of regional and local roads. source: ...
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Is it correct to use 'are' before 'something'? [closed]

In the sentence, Tell me if opinions are something I should steer away from. Is the use of "are" before "something" correct?
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Singular vs. Plural with Multiple Gerunds as Subject (IE: [Gerund] and [Gerund] are/is [something].)

I'm trying to find out whether I should use a singular or plural verb when there are multiple gerunds as the subject of the sentence. For example: Running the correct course and keeping a steady ...
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“Thou shalt not pass” and “You shall not pass” hybrid

Is it technically incorrect grammar to make a hybrid of the well known statements: "Thou shalt not pass" and "You shall not pass"––this hybrid being: "You shalt not pass"? From what I understand from ...
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“There are no shortage of applications”

I've been having an argument with a colleague about this sentence, could you please let me know which one of us is correct: There are no shortage of applications for our product in this space. ...
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Saying how many years “have” or “has” passed [closed]

Do you say have or has when talking about how many years passed. My example is (from the SAT): More than forty years have passed since a quarter of a million people marched on Washington, D.C... ...
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“The superhero is you” vs. “The superhero are you”

I know there was already a similar question asked before, but I don't get it completely. So, as I take it, you can exchange "The superhero is you" with "The superhero are you" without a big change in ...
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Can linking verbs function as modal verbs?

Here is an example: Police say there appear to be signs of a break-in. And I wonder why not appears instead of appear.
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Plural of noun and concept takes singular verb?

Why does a pairing of a noun and phrase about it, specifically with a question word, take a singular verb? Generically: [Noun] and [idea about noun] [singular verb].† Example: Language ...
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But other things being equal, it is better for society that the girl is educated than that she remain/remains ignorant

I found the following sentence in Neil Stephenson's Diamond Age But other things being equal, it is better for society that the girl is educated than that she remain ignorant. (p. 164 in Google ...
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“his mother look very tired”

Is it correct to say, James could see his mother look very tired from all the chores. The options in the test paper were the following: 1) looks 2) look 3) looked 4) had looked I would have ...
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“I have completed my master degree and am a doctoral student” [closed]

Do I have to worry about verb agreement in the following sentence? I have completed my master degree and am a doctoral student
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Which sentence is correct and why (is VS are) [duplicate]

"The only thing holding me back is the available colours." or "The only thing holding me back are the available colours." It seems to me like a glitch either way. I slightly favour the second one ...
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Use of the singular or plural “is” or “are” in ambiguous situations [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: [Singular] Is/Are [Plural]? In this sentence: The only exception are questions that are narrow enough that they can be reasonably answered definitively with one or ...
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“There is any number of” vs “There are any number of” [duplicate]

There is any number of ... There are any number of ... Intuitively I'd say 'are', but 'number' is singular, right? Please note that this question is different from these two questions ...
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Which verb forms are grammatically correct for this list of actions?

I've been going back and forth between a coworker over which of the following is correct and I thought that maybe this SE could help. I have an application with the following message: The X ...
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we come across so many noteworthy thoughts *to point out*. What's wrong with this sentence?

I have a feeling that something is wrong with this sentence but don't know it's grammatical reason. Can you help me with it? In reviewing Sylvia Plath`s short poem Mirror, we come across so many ...
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“She (becomes/become) popular in Canada”

She becomes popular in Canada. or She become popular in Canada?
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Possible grammatical errors in a sentence (comma placement and verb agreement)

There is either one or no errors in the following statement. Every spring in rural Vermont the sound of sap dripping into galvanized metal buckets signal the beginning of the traditional season ...
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“When all you hear is fear and lies”

The first time I heard it (When You Believe by Leon Jackson), my grammar instinct screamed "When all you hear are fear and lies." But then again, I feel that the phrase "all you hear are" sounds a ...
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It's one of the best [plural noun] that + has (or) have

In the sentence It's one of the best films that has/have ever been made What should the verb agreement be?
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Is “both” singular?

Is the following correct? Both of these essentially act as a WebKit wrapper. Or should it be the following? Both of these essentially acts as a WebKit wrapper. Context.
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When is “backshifting” optional?

In reported speech, tenses are generally backshifted. If what was said is still true at the time of reporting then back shifting is optional. My question is, if someone doesn't backshift the tense ...
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Agreement of verb 'to be' and a singular noun after a plural noun

How does the subject-verb agreement work when a singular noun describes a plural one? Of the following, which sentence is righter? The computers is a good choice. The computers are a good ...
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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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“team of engineers IS standing by” or “team of engineers ARE standing by”? [duplicate]

Which is correct: "Our team of engineers is standing by" or "Our team of engineers are standing by"?
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Does 'each other' function as singular or plural?

Are either of the following sentences grammatically correct? We know what each other are doing and We know what each other is doing Neither of them sounds right to me, but surely one of ...
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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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Is 'the majority of' singular or plural?

I have the following question: The majority of fund studies has or have agreed that a common attribute for superior performance is due to managers' skill.
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Why is the verb used without “-s” in this sentence? [duplicate]

In order to help the system make a better guess of the corner locations,... In this sentence, why is "make" not succeeded by "s"? It seems it is needed!
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confusing Subject-Verb Agreement in one quote

what though life conspire to cheat you I think this quote has a wrong part. I know Singular subjects need singular verbs; so should the verb "conspire" agree to the subject "life" like ...
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Clause explaining “the requirement that…”

What should the verb form in that clause be? Example: which of the following is correct? They need to obey the requirement that their pockets are empty. or They need to obey the requirement that ...
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Does a percentage quantity take singular or plural verb agreement?

Does a percentage require a singular or plural verb, for example, do we say ten percent "go" or "goes"?
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Is it ok 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 instead be: Your barracks are finished. or Your ...
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Verb Agreement Question [duplicate]

There ____ a stapler and a pencil on Mrs. Ford's desk. I believe I would use the word is to match up with stapler, but I can't remember why.
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Usage of ''both"

Both the control laws demand high magnitude of acceleration at the end. Both the control laws demand high magnitudes of acceleration at the end. At the end phase, acceleration demand of both the ...
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How do I choose between “was” and “were”? [closed]

Should I use the singular “was” or the plural “were” in the following sentence? The first thing that I noticed was (OR) were the street performers singing near the main entrance of the park. ...