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

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I demand they do… / I demand them to…

According to practically every grammar I've encountered, "I demanded them to leave" is incorrect English. I've quite literally spoken like this all my life; I don't know if it's a dialectal thing (I'm ...
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Is this question grammatically correct?

Something seems off about this sentence, but I can't put my finger on it. The sentence in question: Which countries is Nicaragua competing with? Alternatives I considered: With which ...
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Ellipsis or Ellipses?

Inspired by this question: What is the correct term to use when describing the "three dots" (. . .), ellipsis or ellipses? And are either of these terms considered plural? For example, if I wanted to ...
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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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How do I express a plural subject with a singular noun? [closed]

I am always confused with the following case: Let's say, I have two friends and each of them has a book. Which of the sentences is correct? (1) 'Books of my friends are nice.' (2) 'Book of my ...
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Verb reuse after conjunction

My question is whether the second was is necessary or optional , and why? As my condition stabilized, I was transferred to a different wing of the Hospital, and was gradually weaned off of the ...
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Fraction of … IS or ARE? [duplicate]

Should I use What fraction of the residents are married? or What fraction of the residents is married? Technically, as fraction is singular, I would use the latter version. Am I correct?
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“it's truly vital that he or she becomes/become familiar with the reasons”? [duplicate]

Please have a look at the sentence below: Before one votes on the propositions, it's truly vital that he or she becomes familiar with the reasons for voting both for the proposition and against ...
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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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subject-verb agreement and fractions [duplicate]

Which is correct? Two-thirds of the food I eat are vegetables. Two-thirds of the food I eat is vegetables. The first one sounds right to me, but would the second be more "grammatically" correct?
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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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What I said is wrong

Which one is correct: What I said is wrong. What I said was wrong.
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“What is/are new here is/are …”

Original sentence: "What are new here are (1) XYZ and (2) PDQ." Correcting this sentence in a text and it just feels wrong. In order to make sure I change it correctly, I tried searching for: The ...
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Verb plural or singular after subjects connected using “and” [duplicate]

Should I use "is increasing" or "are increasing" in this sentence: Second, the frequency of attacks and number of deaths is increasing. The original post uses "is". Is it British English? SOURCE ...
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When refering to 2 people, do you use “have” or “has”? [duplicate]

Example - If you or Theresa has time, let me know. If you or Theresa have time, let me know. Which one is correct?
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Subject-Verb Agreement using have/has with multiple subjects

Could you please tell me if the verb "has" is correct, or should it be "have?" in the following sentence: The increasing use of electronic monitoring, such as CCTV cameras, 'phone tapping' and ...
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Our hope and prayer is/are? [duplicate]

I have always said, "Our hope and prayer is..." but was recently corrected by my husband and told that the correct grammar would be, "Our hope and prayer are...". Which one is correct?
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“Population”. Is it plural or singular? [duplicate]

For example, should I say: The target population was selected ... OR The target population were selected ... (please ignore passive voice issue)
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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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[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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When a sentence uses an optional plural, should the rest of the sentence treat it as singular or plural?

Consider the following sentence: We assume that the individual(s) possesses some general knowledge of the rules of football. Is "possesses" correct there? Should it be "possess"? Is the rule ...
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You do not need to take further action/s. Action or actions?

Okay, so this as been a great bother for me over the years. As a general rule of thumb, I usually follow this format: using "a" for singular and none for plural. Like so, You do not need to take ...
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“What I'm looking for is/are [plural noun]”

Which one of the below is correct, and if both are correct in certain contexts, which is the preferred one? What I'm looking for is methods that help... What I'm looking for are the methods ...
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“Who are” vs “who is” [closed]

Sentence: it's not what's on the table that matters, but who (is/are) in the chairs. I thought are might be correct because of plural chairs, but family members disagree.
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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 it a big mistake if I say “The thing I love are flowers”? [duplicate]

So I was wondering if both forms are correct The thing I love is flowers and The thing I love are flowers
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“Make you feel” vs “makes you feel”

Can you think of any activities that makes you feel out of breath? I think it should be "make you feel out of breath" but my friend says it should be "makes".
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Tenses for two clauses joined by “if only”

Our school had won the match if only we have concentrated. Our school would have won the match if only we would have concentrated. Our school would win the match if only we had concentrated. ...
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When to use -ed or not as part of objective portion of sentence

Which one of the following usage is correct and why? I would like to have the content changed to the following: ... OR I would like to have the content change to the following: ... The ...
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Smoking, drinking and eating are not allowed

I live in Bangkok and on the intercom in the subway they constantly say Smoking, drinking and eating are not allowed. To me it sounds weird. I’d say Smoking, drinking and eating is not allowed. ...
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Is a value something to “indicate” the valued thing?

Sorry for the confusing title. I came across the below sentence, and am wondering if the word "indicate" collocates with the word "value" as in this case: The PCS (Print Contrast Signal) is a ...
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Is literature as in 'the literature' singular or plural

When referring to literature in the sense of academic literature or philosophical literature I have sometimes heard people use the noun as if it were similar to the word 'people.' For example: 'The ...
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Number when using “one of those who…”

Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct? He is one of those who prefer studying over traveling. He is one of those who prefers studying over traveling. Should the verb ...
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Grammar agreement help [closed]

I am having a very hard time finding the error in one of the two sentences below. I thought they were both correct, however one of them is incorrect. As you requested, here are some documentaries ...
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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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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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Why isn’t singular ‘they’ used with 3Sg verb forms?

There are many (duplicate) questions about the acceptance, popularity and history of singular they (and their, them and themself) around here, it even got a tag of its own. If I didn’t miss anything, ...
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“Inspection of A and B is/are already done”

My friend wrote: Inspection of Indian Embassy and Bangladesh Embassy is already done. Rest of the inspection is expected soon! I think the first sentence is ungrammatical, the is must be an are ...
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Controversy over verb choice in “neither you nor I {is/am/are} in control”

I was watching the film A Game of Shadows starring Robert Downey Junior and Jude law when this line came up, "...neither you nor I is in control..." (I can’t remember the exact words that ended the ...
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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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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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'Was' or 'were' with 'period' & 'eleven years' [duplicate]

I was reading a letter I got from an old friend, back in 1998, and at a certain point she wrote: "Our period of greatest prosperity were those eleven years when Thatcher was in office." ...
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-ing nouns and verb agreement [duplicate]

I have the sentence "It seems that stealing and selling pedigree pets # a lucrative and worthwhile business." and my question is, if I should put "is" or "are" as a verb?
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“There is” vs “there are”?

I wrote an essay and returned it to my teacher who told me that it was perfect except for that one mistake with the usage of there are: There are currently 192 218 546 ways to set up..." She ...
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“being wined and dined” — singular?

I want to say, "He loves being wined and dined, and he's not above demanding it." I don't know whether being can be treated as the referent of it, or I must take the whole verb phrase as a plural. I ...
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Use of Phrasal Verb 'Yearn for'

I'd like to ask if the following sentence is grammatically correct: It is a rare luxury yearned for by even those who have it all. I am especially concerned with the usage of the phrasal verb ...
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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" ...
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“Are either of you free?”

In the process of writing to two people I typed: "Are either of you free?" and was immediately called out by my grammar checker which suggested I should write: "Is either of you free?" The second of ...
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Should we say “they are high enough as they are” or “they are high enough as it is.”?

I've heard on TV: "We really hope property taxes won't be increased; they are high enough as they are." Would it be ungrammatical to say "...they are high enough as it is."?