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Singular or plural verb after a series connected by "or"

The following sentence refers to an apocalyptic story where money no longer has any value: A can of sardines, radio batteries, or a bicycle is/are more precious than money. Should I use is or are ...
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With which noun should a verb following "(person) or I" agree?

In the sentence below, should the bolded word be prepare or prepares? When my family eats at home, my mom or I prepares the meal. Normally, I would side with the verb agreeing with its ...
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What's the error in "Either he or I is right"? [closed]

We have been asked to correct the error in the sentence: Either he or I is right. The only possible change that I can think of goes like this: Either I or he is right. Am I right? It will be ...
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"Neither A nor B is" vs. "A and B are not" [duplicate]

Consider the following sentences: John and Mary are not tall. Neither John nor Mary is tall Is the first one acceptable (especially in formal writing), or should I always use the second? Update: I ...
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Confused about the answer for "Neither the employees nor the owner (cares/care) about the customer." [duplicate]

I'm sorry I couldn't be more specific in my question title. I don't have the vocabulary to pinpoint what exactly I have difficulties with yet; therefore, I'll try to explain through examples. I came ...
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What verb? Neither you nor I [duplicate]

Neither you nor I are going to the show, or, Neither you nor I am going to the show
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Singular or Plural in conjunction with OR condition that could include one or more objects [duplicate]

Which one is accurate? ...when one or two individuals do not have [an ID] or [IDs] another example: ...this is the case when one or two students [are] or [is] missing Theoretically, if one ...
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Is/Are list with 2nd person and 3rd person [duplicate]

Should you use is or are here: I can't tell is you or Amanda is/are the best. I know with you it would be are. I know with Amanda it would be is. And I know with a list of Amanda and Dave it ...
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Subject-verb agreement with "whether" [duplicate]

Which of the following choices makes this sentence is grammatically correct? or is there a better approach? It's unclear whether he/him or I/me is/are first in line.
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why is there a difference in the usage of "neither...nor" in similar sentences? [duplicate]

look at these two sentences: neither the coach nor the players are going to the beach. neither the players nor the coach is going to the beach. why does one sentence use "are" while the other has "...
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"If you or your mother need help" or "If you or your mother needs help"? [duplicate]

I've been stuck on this for quite some time and my mind's foggy because of the overthinking. I would like to check which of these are correct: If you or your mother need help... If you or your mother ...
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'Neither was" usage [duplicate]

I really need an explanation regarding the differences between neither was and neither were. For all these while we had been using either or and neither nor.
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"Neither my mother nor I was" vs "Neither my mother nor I were" [duplicate]

Can anyone clarify which of the following is correct? "Neither my mother nor I was conscious of rudeness" "Neither my mother nor I were conscious of rudeness" I thought it was ...
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Neither you nor I is [duplicate]

I was struck by PM Johnson's 'neither he nor I are' a few days ago, which seemed to me obviously ungrammatic, and searched this site, where I found this: Controversy over verb choice in "neither ...
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Compound subject verb agreement [duplicate]

Does this sentence call for the plural verb "were" here, or the singular "was"? Neither he nor the others were aware of it Neither he nor the others was aware of it

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