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

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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 or ARE? Simple question! [duplicate]

In this sentence: The ​insurance ​premium is ​small ​potatoes ​compared to what we'd have to ​pay if the ​house ​burned down. "Small potatoes" is a plural noun, but why is the auxiliary verb ...
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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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Why should I use “I have” instead of “I has”? [closed]

Why should we use 'I have' and why not 'I has'? Is there any specific reason?
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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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Is “whatever is left can <verb>” correct grammar?

Whatever is left can be given away. Initially this seems like a complete sentence, but it seems odd to me that the verb phase involving "is" is used as a subject. Could someone explain why or why ...
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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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“Is” or “are” when one item is singular, the other plural [duplicate]

Would you say: There is no fire or hot ashes in the fireplace. or There are no fire or hot ashes in the fireplace. And where does that question mark go?
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Response Faster / respond faster?

I am looking for a new laptop, and as I scrolled down the page of this specific model, I encountered this: So, bottom line: shouldn’t it be Respond Faster? I am didn’t post a link because I’m not ...
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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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Should we write “allow” or ”allows” in “require that the class allow[s]”? [duplicate]

Can you explain to me whether I should or should not use ‑s at the end of the verb allow in this sentence? This function requires that the container class allow[s] random access The sentence in ...
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“What I'm looking for is/are [plural noun]”

Which one of these is correct, and if both are correct in certain contexts, which is preferred? What I'm looking for is methods that help... What I'm looking for are the methods that help... ...
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“Becomes” or “Become” in this sentence? [duplicate]

Many small companies have difficulty growing because the number of orders becomes too large to handle. Should I use become or becomes in this sentence? I don't know, but the sentence feels a ...
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Confusing rule about subject-verb agreement

I am currently working through "The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation" by Jane Straus. In the section on subject-verb agreement the author describes a rule for sentences that begin with "there" or ...
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Historical usage of “was”/“were” with “you”

I was reading letters from a surgeon to his wife during the Civil War and noticed he used "was" as opposed to "were" on many occasions. Examples: I truly wish you was here with me. Was you ...
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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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I received an email saying documents are /were

I received an email saying that the documents are/were being processed. Which is correct? Are or were?
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“group have” vs “group has” [duplicate]

Do you say: That group has dogs or That group have dogs I'm not too sure which one is right. I'm just confused because I'm not sure whether the word, group, is plural or not
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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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Verb when using Neither / nor [duplicate]

Neither the plates nor the serving bowl goes on that shelf. OR Neither the plates nor the serving bowl go on that shelf. What form the verb should be singular or plural ? Which is correct and why? ...
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What I said is wrong [closed]

Which one is correct: What I said is wrong. What I said was wrong.
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“Decides that” or “Decide that” - which is correct and why? [duplicate]

"The coaching staff decides that changes must be made." or "The coaching staff decide that changes must be made."
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Bill reading Shakespeare and Maureen singing Schubert satisfy/satisfies me [duplicate]

Which verb form is grammatically correct here? My intuition says 'satisfy' but a textbook I'm reading says otherwise (Core Syntax: A Minimalist Approach. If interested, a legal copy is available ...
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reported speech optional backshifting

In reported speech tenses are generally back shifted. But if what was said is still true at the time of reporting then back shifting of tenses is optional. My question is if someone doesn't back ...
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has scientists excited or has excited scientists?

I saw the following on the Facebook page of Time. Is "has scientists excited" or the perfect version "has excited scientists" correct? What's the difference if both are correct? The recent ...
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Choose the option that best corrects the comparison error in the following part of the sentence - (accomplished and intelligent like Merlin)

Although Merlin was renowned for his superb wizardry and general sagacity, Mingo, his unheralded apprentice, was every bit accomplished and intelligent like Merlin. a. accomplished and intelligent as ...
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Indefinite articles used with plural nouns: It was AN amazing TWO DAYS

The indefinite article a(n), derives from the old English word an meaning "one". Generally this word only occurs in determiner function before noun phrases which are singular. However, there seem to ...
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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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“This date and time is” vs. “this date and time are”

The following sentence appears in a letter I am editing: If this date and time are not convenient please contact me at ... Structurally, this seems okay, but it feels very awkward. Shouldn't it ...
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verb tense agreement [duplicate]

I was named even before I was born. Is this correct? or I had been named even before I was born In the first sentence, the even before word clarifies the time frame. Do we still need ...
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present/past tense in a subordinate clause

A few days back I asked a question about whether a present tense verb in a subordinate clause can be followed by a past tense verb in the main clause. A veteran grammarian (Andrew Leach) says yes, it ...
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There was a rumor + is/was

Could anyone tell me that if the sentence "There was a rumor that Citibank is in debt." is grammatically correct ? Please advise me. Some say it is correct while others say it is ungrammatical. I'm ...
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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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…is/was in debt

I'm really sorry to put the same question through. Let's say I'm narrating a past incident in which one of the sentence is -- "There was a rumor that Citibank is in debt." I'm aware that here 'is' ...
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Is a value something to “indicate” the valued thing?

Sorry for the confusing title. I came across the following 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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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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There was a rumor +… is/ was [duplicate]

Let's say I'm narrating a past incident in which a sentence goes like -- There was a rumor that Citibank is in debt. Is the above sentence correct or do I need to replace 'is' with 'was' ?
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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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Is “who all is” grammatically correct?

I often tend to say something like Who all is coming to the movies? And my friends correct me that I should be saying Who all are coming to the movies? So which one is correct?
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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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Either X(s) or Y(s) is/are [closed]

I am confused on how to formulate sentences with (n)either...(n)or and the form of verb. Which sentence is gramatically correct? "Either my uncle or aunt are visiting me today" "Either my uncle or ...
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Should I have used “is” or “are” when telling a friend “Jennifer and Amy is going”? [duplicate]

Its all in the title. I messaged a friend on Facebook the other day. I told him "Jennifer and Amy is Going" Should I have used are or is?
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Verb Agreement between “means” and a tricky subject

Museum-quality materials mean your document won't discolor. or Museum-quality materials means your document won't discolor. I am having some difficulty in determining which version of ...
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What is wrong with “I don’t like these kind of things”?

The New Oxford American Dictionary reports that USAGE 1 Kind of is sometimes used to be deliberately vague: it was kind of a big evening; I was kind of hoping you’d call. More often it reveals ...
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“I, (any name), am here to… ” is this correct?

I'm using this to introduce myself in a speech. The sentence goes like, "On behalf of xyz, I, Kartik Choubisa, am here to..." Or should i say, "... Is here to...?"
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Which verb form goes with “sweat”? [closed]

I just love the way the sweat glistens off your back in the sun I just love the way the sweat glisten off your back in the sun
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If both subjects are the same, can I still use a singular verb?

Is this sentence correct? My mother and best friend loves cooking as much as I do. Considering that I'm referring to the same person here, would it be better if I put it this way: My ...
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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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Is it “anybody have plans” or “anybody has plans”?

When the word does is skipped in a question and starts with anybody, what form of the verb have should be used? I thought a sentence like Anybody have plans to stare at their phone somewhere ...
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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. ...