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"Each other" refers to a singular subject, just like "one another" does. Notice "each" and "one" are singular; so are "other" (an other v. others) and "another" (which is like a contraction or compression of "an other"). Another way to think of it is: "we know what each other is doing" means "I know what he is doing and he knows what I am doing"...all ...
Like the words some and most, a premodifying phrase like the majority of is in and of itself neither singular nor plural. It has no number. The noun it is modifying continues to function as the subject for purposes of agreement with the verb. This allows then for both possibilities: (The majority of) the water is safe to drink. (The majority of) the ...
The answer depends on whether your regional English considers "team" a plural noun or a singular noun. The subject of the sentence is "team", and "of engineers" is just a descriptive addition. So the verb should be the one appropriate for the subject "team": is if you consider it singular, and are if you consider it plural. In American English, it is ...
Is, since the word team is singular.
It's plural "have". A useful way to prove that a plural verb is correct is to front the preposition phrase: "Of the best films that have ever been made, it's one of them." NOT "Of the best films that has ever been made, it's one of them."
The relative clause with "that ..." refers to invention and not to guns. So the sentence should be: Guns are an invention that has had an enormous impact on African history. OR Guns are an invention that had an enormous impact on African history.
No, neither needs to be correct because there is a problem of verb agreement. "We" means you and I (inclusively, anyway), so instead of "is doing", you'd need "are doing" for "you" and "am doing" for "I". There is no such problem with "They know what each other is doing" (which, however, still seems a bit odd).
A subject can be plural while a complement is singular. We (Mom, Dad, my sister, and I) are a family. is a good example. The computers are a good choice. is the only correct one. Not "righter". You cannot use a singular verb for a plural subject (noun). In colloquial English, sometimes, "we was + plural nouns / there is + plural nouns" are being ...
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