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It is often said, that verbs in English inflect to agree with the person and number of the subject. Now person here cannot be construed as an actual property of the subject. We cannot say for example that the first person is the person who's speaking and the second person is the person being spoken to or any ideas like that. If we do not use an actual ...
To put it simply: "singular they" is syntactically plural, and semantically singular. Just like trousers. This occasional disconnect between semantics and syntax is not unique to English. Sometimes these things do change, especially when not very recognisable (such as data moving from being plural to being singular). But the change is in general slow due to ...
When we use singular they, this does not change the fact that the word is they. The word they, like the words I (singular) and you (singular and plural), is followed by the uninflected verb-form.
A murder of crows, I would say. List of collective nouns in English. The Word Detective - A Murder of Crows. A Murder of Crows - documentary film.
The answer to your question is that "were" is incorrect and unacceptable here. The subject is singular and consequently it needs a singular verb. It is not acceptable to use a plural verb here even in casual speech, which isn't to say it wouldn't be understood, it would just not be grammatically correct. For sure there are alternative plural subjects you ...
Because you have a singular period as the subject, the verb should be singular: "Our period of greatest prosperity was those eleven years when Thatcher was in office."
I am now 75. For first 60 years of my life, EDUCATED people said there re when speaking of more than one item. There re was pronounced the SAME as the word there. Uneducated people said there's when referring to plural items. This has now changed and virtually everyone says there's which is incorrect. Frankly, I find this changed circumstance infuriating. ...
To answer your main question, the verb is fine. If you took out the subordinate clause, you'd be left with "Inspection is already done." However, I can understand your confusion, as it might also be reasonable to say "Inspections are already done." The key here is whether there is one inspection which happens to cover two places, or two inspections. Either ...
"Period" binds the eleven years together into a single collection. There's no plural any more when you come to the verb. Use "was." What is clearly ungrammatical is unacceptable in writing and jarring in speech. It can suggest one hasn't bothered to rephrase for clarity. If the plural is to be stressed, rephrase accordingly. HTH
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