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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“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 ...
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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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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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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 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?
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Subject-verb agreement with metric units of measurement [duplicate]

About 500 cm3 of the Herschelite was hydrated at 80% RH. About 500 cm3 of the Herschelite were hydrated at 80% RH. Could someone advise me about which of the two sentences have the correct verb ...
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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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Is “the group of children are” correct subject verb agreement wise? [duplicate]

I know that collective nouns can be singular and plural, depending on how you use them. I know that "group" is a collective noun and I know that in a sentence the subject comes before "of" and if it's ...
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“… any change, or addition, is …” vs. “… any change, or addition, are …”

In the sentence below is has been used, but there is some disagreement in the office over whether it should be are: This is necessary to ensure that any change, or addition, to existing ...
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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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Subject-Verb Agreement in “Neither” Comparison (see example) [duplicate]

I am not sure about the form of the verb that follows "neither". Should it be a singular or plural verb? For example: Admittedly, being a celebrity is not easy, but neither are being many other ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct - subject verb aggreement?

Is this sentence grammatically correct? "The charge nurse would call the patient back from the waiting room and escort them to an empty exam room" Call the patient... escort them??
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singular or plural, is/are some price you have to pay

everyone, what should I use in the sentence below? Should I use "are" to agree with the subject, which are two matters, or should I use "is" to agree with the object "price", which is an uncountable ...
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Can “what kind” be plural?

Is it correct to say, "What kind of patents are being issued in these sophisticated times?" It seems like it should be What kind of patents is being issued..., but that sounds wrong. What kind of ...
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Does “staff” take a plural verb?

Which one of these two statements is correct? Our staff do ... Our staff does ... And is staffs ever correct?
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Usage of “this is” and “there are” [closed]

Is it clear to use "this is" for plural? To say, for example, "this is my legs"? Or may be the ONLY right variant is to use "there are" in this situation (there are my legs)?
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Is this sentence grammatical: “all there is, are idiolects?” [duplicate]

Someone please explain why singular to plural to singular is correct. In my opinion, this makes no sense. Edit for clarification of what I'm asking: My point is that double linking verbs are not OK ...
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“There is/are more than one”. What's the difference?

While adding to an Answer to this question, I needed to use the above phrase, and I suddenly realised I was unsure whether to write "is" or "are". There is more than one way to skin a cat. If there ...
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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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Number disagreement between subject and verb in Shakespeare?

I guess this is a quote from Shakespeare's Macbeth: Come what come may, Time and the hour runs through the roughest day. I'm confused about the subject-verb agreement in both sentences. AFAIK ...
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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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Is this correct: “Our listeners are what make X”?

I listen to a podcast that I like, but every episodes ends with Our listeners are what make [podcast name] possible. which makes me cringe a little each time I hear it. Is it just me, or is the ...
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“is each” or “are each”?

I haven't found an answer on any of the boards related to 'each' that seems to answer this specific question: I have included the following in draft correspondence: Organization x and ...
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How to agree verb with has and will in same sentence? [duplicate]

The sentence is- The management has never and will never close the door to negotiations. Textbooks says closed should be use instead of close. I am confused as it sounds strange to ears. Which one ...
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relative pronouns and subject and verb agreement

My cousin is one of those people who (love, Loves) to eat pizza. According to the rules of grammar the relative pronoun who refers to the plural noun people. Therefore, the correct verb choice is ...
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A battery of tests is/are

This is from a recent article: He was rushed to the hospital immediately and a battery of tests was conducted. Now shouldn't it be He was rushed to the hospital immediately and a battery ...
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Is the following: “The people of USA has…” correct? [duplicate]

I know that the word "people" can be singular to refer to a specific unit, be they nationality, ethnic, or tribe. With that being said, is it correct if I write in my essay: The people of USA has ...
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Why is it “make”?

There's a poem in bahasa indonesia, titled "Aku Ingin (I want)" by Sapardi Djoko Damono, translated to english by John H. McGlynn. This is the english version: I want I want to love you ...
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Does “this is Ken and Mike” make sense?

In a book I saw the caption "this is Ken and Mike". Should it be "these are Ken and Mike" since it is plural? Or is there a certain rule that I am unaware of? Thanks.
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Subject-Verb Agreement with separate clauses

Which is grammatically correct, and why? This device does two things: create the whatzit and set the squorple in place. This device does two things: creates the whatzit and sets the squorple in ...
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“You who is” OR “you who are” [duplicate]

In the following sentence should it be "you who is" or "you who are"? I can make a case for either in my mind. For example, if you turn the sentence around a little bit, you could say, "Tonight, you ...
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Were or are with compound subject?

Someome asked me which of these sentences is correct: There are no pus or polyps. Or There were no pus or polyps. Honestly, both sound wrong to me. I'd say, "there was neither pus nor polys." I ...