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

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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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Use of “is” and “are” when referring to a singular noun or changing the grammatical number

I have seen the question Proper usage of “is” and “are” when specifying multiple nouns, but it is a different questions than what I am asking. I have two examples (both from songs) of "is" being used ...
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Singular and plural ambiguity of the noun “trio”

According to dictionary.com, a trio is defined as "any group of three persons or things". trio noun, plural trios. any group of three persons or things. Trio is a singular noun that ...
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“Getting sealants are…” vs “Getting sealants is…” [closed]

Which one is correct: Getting sealants is as easy as brushing your teeth. or Getting sealants are as easy as brushing your teeth.
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“Stopped me wearing shoes” vs “stopped me FROM wearing shoes”

The article below has a title "These ultra-tough socks almost stopped me wearing shoes" Should it be "These ultra-tough socks almost stopped me FROM wearing shoes"? I've been seeing "from" omitted a ...
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Which is the correct verb form with Who?

Sentence : She is one of those gifted writers who (turns, turn) out one best seller after another. My answer is: turns. As we are talking about she, singular third person. But the correct answer ...
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Subject-verb agreement question. [migrated]

Which sentence is correct, "These accusations of plagiarism has to stop or "These accusations of plagiarism have to stop". The reason that I ask is because I believe the first sentence is correct, the ...
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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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Question involving gerunds

Earlier today I started to wonder if parkour could be used as a verb or should be in a gerund phrase (doing parkour). parkour, from Oxford Dictionaries: "The activity or sport of moving rapidly ...
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Should I use “are” or “is”? [duplicate]

Should I use is or are in the following sentence: The Pearland Police Department are our brothers and sisters.
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Grammatical rules pertaining to 'number shifts' [duplicate]

Thanks everybody for your enthusiasm for my previous questions. Now I have an additional question pertaining to a particular section of English grammar: "number shifts" For example: The problem ...
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Verb/Subject Agreement Make/Makes

I'm not sure about the proper subject verb agreement in the following sentences. A boy and a girl make/makes a couple. 5 and 5 make/makes 10. 75 and 25 make/makes a hundred. Can you help? ETA: I ...
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When should I use “is” and when should I use “are”?

I always mixed them up, and use the wrong one on other sites on StackExchange. And the questions is edited by another person. When should I use "is" and when should I use "are"? Sometimes I write "...
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On the use of Conjunction and, Restrictive and Non-restrictive Clause

Dear Stack Exchange fiends, please comment on the grammatical propriety of the following sentences involving (if I am correct to assume) the application of restrictive and non-restrictive clauses: ...
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Subject Verb agreement with comma-aside of a different pluralization

I ran across an interesting conundrum this morning when writing to someone. I wrote the following: Markdown, or flavors of it, is all over the net these days. My question is, what is the ...
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Yet another there is vs there are [duplicate]

The question about the correct use of there is vs there are pops up quite often. However I couldn't find any reference to a case similar to the one below. My wife is writing a crochet pattern with ...
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Usage of Parenthetical Plural

I am trying to rewrite two sentences like the following into a single sentence using a parenthetical plural: 1: The rule will add an assertion. 2: The rule will add assertions. Combining them,...
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“Which embodiments the embodiments refer to IS / ARE unclear”

I'm working on a translation with a few variations of this sentence: Which part the underlined "drawings" refer to is unclear. However, this has tripped me up: Which embodiments the underlined "...
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Can a plural noun have a singular direct object? [closed]

Portrait 1 is a picture of an adult male, an adult female, and two young boys. Portrait 2 is a picture of an adult male, an adult female, and a young girl. Which among the given are correct? "Both ...
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has seen vs have seen [duplicate]

Consider the following sentences: The last few years has seen the building of the new church. and The last few years have seen the building of the new church. As a native speaker, both of ...
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subject-verb agreement when 'amount' is used [migrated]

Even a small amount of gases have / has a large effect. This sentence is an exerpt from a reading passage, which is talking about CO2 in global warming. It says CO2 accounts for only 0.038% in the ...
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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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If I have a list after a single gerund, do I use “is” or “are”?

Below is my sentence. I'm pretty sure the word "knowing" is a gerund, but please correct me if I'm wrong. I assumed that the only subject is "knowing" and that the linking verb should be "is", but ...
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“X has/have joined” [closed]

Which are correct? 1 has joined the channel. 1 have joined the channel. 5 has joined the channel. 5 have joined the channel.
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'None' and 'No one' [closed]

Do we use a plural verb with 'none' and a singular verb with 'no one'? We may say: None but the brave deserve accolades. But when we use 'no one', it is grammatically correct to say that 'No one ...
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Why not an s on “speed” in “Ukraine speed to test new-look Germany defence”

This url links to an Australian article (sourced from Reuters) about a football team. The article has the following title: Ukraine speed to test new-look Germany defence I understand that the ...
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Can we use singular or plural nouns with names of countries? [duplicate]

When asked a question about Collective Nouns, I told them that it is all right to use a singular or plural verb after a Collective Noun, as in - The class was listening to the lecture with rapt ...
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Finite verb usage [duplicate]

I saw this in The Guardian. We’d recommend Cristiano Ronaldo take a long hard look at himself in the mirror, if we didn’t know that he already spends several hours a day doing exactly that. ...
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Subject-verb agreement when using singular they? [duplicate]

I was writing about a person who prefers the pronoun "they/them": Talk to Abigail when they are a resident. After I wrote it, I realized (assuming here in 2016 that "they" can serve as a ...
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How many hours of sleep “is” or “are” needed?

Time, distance, weight are treated as singular, like "3 hours is too long." Then, in this instance, How many hours of sleep is /are needed to keep fit?" Is "is" correct?
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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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Time and tide waits or wait? [duplicate]

In my grammar book, in a chapter on subject-verb agreement, the author said that when two nouns, joined by and, are suggesting the same idea or person, we consider the nouns as one unit and use a ...
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Subject-verb agreement question after WHAT [duplicate]

I have a question about how the verb LOOK below should be conjugated: 1.There are neatly-dug beds filled with what look like carrots, chard and kale... There are neatly-dug beds filled with what ...
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'Is' or 'are' – which is correct in this example? [duplicate]

Which is correct?: "One in seven people worldwide is living on $x per day." "One in seven people worldwide are living on $x per day."
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A plural noun is used with a singular verb in a proper English speech—why?

From the film script of Gladiator (2000): Your faults as a son, is my failure as a father My question is: how come?! If anyone (unless you're one those very good few who get to define what the ...
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Is “the fact that” always singular?

"The fact that he slept with the victim and his knife had blood was enough evidence for him to be the culprit." Why does it seem like you never use the plural "facts" in these sentences even when you'...
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Should I use an objective pronoun or reflexive pronoun here?

In the sentence, "It reminds me of_." Does one use an objective pronoun, "It reminds me of me." Or a reflexive pronoun, "It reminds me of myself." I would think you would use an objective pronoun ...
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Which is correct: “for you who loves knowledge” or “for you who love knowledge”?

In this case, the "you" is singular. Further, does adding a comma after "you" make a difference? Thanks.
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Is it light or lights?

"He turned off the lights in the kitchen." I never see the singular "light" in these kinds of sentences even when referring to only one light bulb. Does this mean that "lights" can mean either ...
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Should the following sentence use the English or plural form of the verb? [duplicate]

Is it grammatically correct to use the singular? Neither sympathy nor empathy is relevant to the decision. Or should I be using the plural form? Neither sympathy nor empathy are relevant to ...
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verb agreement, the story we heard last time was/were accounts from one witness

I am confused about the rules of verb agreement. What should I use in the following example? The story we heard last time was/were accounts from one witness. "Accounts" is a countable plural noun, ...
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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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'represented for' wrong usage?

Can someone please confirm that the grammar in this video is off. It's supposedly a teaser video for a new product from a Chinese company. https://youtube.com/watch?v=CfgviCjtvg0 Shouldn't ...
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Would I need a gerund to make this sentence correct?

I have lived my entire life in the United States, and to learn more about the life my parents had lived as children was an incredible experience. However, I then asked, "What was an incredible ...
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verb agreement: what he is looking for are/is books

Which of the following is correct? What he is looking for are books written by Jane Austin. What he is looking for is books written by Jane Austin. Is it are to agree with the object books ...
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What is the English equivalent of kuot?

It means putting your hand inside the pants to scratch, adjust or fondle the genitals. It could be on your own or for another person. What's the correct verb? stick inside put down inside put into
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“All the data have changed” [duplicate]

I am aware that plurals that are the same as the singular still affect the following verb. i.e. "This sheep has been sheared." - Correct "All the sheep have been sheared." - Correct "...
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Prepositions as subjects

I have some questions on the role of the subject in sentences. 1- When (in what sentences) a preposition can act as a subject (that is there is some object in that sentence which is the object of that ...
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“Will have” vs. “Would have”

By the end of the year, I would have attended this school for five years. Of course, the "most" correct way of writing this would be: By the end of the year, I will have attended this school for ...
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In Search of Agreement

In the sentence below: Manpower provides a range of services that satisfy/satisfies the needs of the whole employment and business cycle. Should the verb in the noun clause modify "range" or "...