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

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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” [on hold]

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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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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'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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“Come to life” or “Comes to life”? [closed]

My girlfriend and I have a little disagreement on the phrase "come to life" in this sentence. Our job is to make that story come to life through creating impactful mixes and sound design. ...
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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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Can a plural noun have a singular direct object?

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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Why only past tense? [migrated]

FYI. There is referring to a picture of teens smoking. "Her friends asked her to smoke and she seemed to be unsure." Why can I not use present simple? Should I use past perfect "had asked"? "Her ...
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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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“Either you or I” subject-verb agreement [duplicate]

Which of the following usages is/are correct? Either you or I has to be lying Either you or I have to be lying. Either you or I is lying. Either you or I are lying. Either you or I am lying.
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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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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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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 "...
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Controvery over subject-verb agreement in this sentence

The sentence Women driving cars is, of course, such a foreign sight to a society like Saudi Arabia The subject is not "women" (otherwise, the verb would have been 'are'); the subject, as I ...
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Compound subject and verb agreement

Consider the following sentence: The main culprit together with his associates was/were arrested. Which should be used, was or were?
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correct the error in the below sentence [closed]

Do you want to go to the cinema later?” “Sorry, I can’t. I will meet John for dinner.” please advise where is the mistake in this sentence
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Plural or singular verb: All people know

Today, I encountered with this sentence "All people know is what you tell them" and I totally got confused why the author uses the verb IS in the sentence. I think "All people know" is plural that's ...
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Is this a subject-verb agreement error? [duplicate]

This has me a bit confused. At first I wanted to say begin, but then I started to think that "the evening news" could also be replaced by "it", so the correct form would be "begins". The evening news ...
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is vs. are confusion? singular action, plural subject [duplicate]

Is buying smart electronics worth the price? This is the title of an article I am trying to write. Buying is one action, but electronics is plural. What if I said, "Is it worth the price to buy ...
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Is “many a person” singular or plural? [duplicate]

I'm writing a paper and I am not sure how to word this sentence. Which is the correct sentence: I am able to avoid a pitfall into which many a student has fallen. I am able to avoid a pitfall ...
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I recommend that “Company X adopt” vs “Company X adopts” [duplicate]

What is the correct verb form to use here? I recommend that Company X adopt Y. or I recommend that Company X adopts Y.
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A combination of government initiatives (plural or singular)?

Does the subject a combination of government initiatives take singular or plural agreement? A combination of government initiatives has resulted in positive changes? or A combination of ...
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What is grammatically incorrect with the sentence: “Moving to a new town and making new friends is hard for people of all ages.”?

What is grammatically incorrect with the sentence: "Moving to a new town and making new friends is hard for people of all ages."? Is it the subject/verb agreement?
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Combining past and future tense

I want to say that in the past I decided something that I will do in the future: Already in my bachelor years I decided that I want work at [. . .] after my master. Is want here correct, or ...
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“My brother or one of my sisters” — singular or plural?

Should I use 'was' or 'were' in this example? I was always delighted when my brother or one of my sisters was/were asked to do them.
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Singular subject followed by verb without “s”

This is the sentence I wish to construct: When the show finishes, someone remind the ice-cream man to start picking up the garbage. The verb in question is "remind". Should it be "remind" or "...
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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?