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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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“At least one” - singular or plural subject? [closed]

In other words, which sentence is correct? At least one of them is not coming. At least one of them are not coming.
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Do or Does - help please [duplicate]

If you or your attorney do not call me by 5:00 p.m. today, then I will go ahead and file a complaint. Do v. Does 'Do" sounds best, but why? Which is correct to use: do or does?
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“1 or 2 friends is enough” or “1 or 2 friends are enough”

I don't know which sentence is grammatically correct. 1 or 2 friends is enough. 1 or 2 friends are enough.
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Ambiguous plurality (“One or more items was/were skipped”) [duplicate]

Given a sentence in this format, which would be correct? One or more items was skipped. One or more items were skipped. I'm leaning towards the latter, but maybe it doesn't matter? (Hey, that ...
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Neither the plates nor the serving bowl “goes” or “go” on that shelf? [duplicate]

Neither the plates nor the serving bowl goes on that shelf. Neither the plates nor the serving bowl go on that shelf. What form of the verb is better in this context, singular or plural? Which ...
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Using “is” versus “are” in a relative clause

I have run into a small question that I would like to check. When referring to one person out of a group, would one use "is" or "are"? For example: I know you are one of the members that is ...
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Singular Verb Following “One of . . .” [duplicate]

He is one of the men who do the work. Could someone explain why it is "do" and not "does" up there? I'm sure this question has been asked before and I've memorized what to do with such sentences. But ...
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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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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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To what place (does/do) either the man or his sons wish to go? [duplicate]

I have a problem with this situation. Would you mind helping me? To what place (does/do) either the man or his sons wish to go? Can you show me which is correct? do or does is correct?
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“Is” or “are” when one item is singular, the other plural [duplicate]

Would you say: There is no fire or hot ashes in the fireplace. or There are no fire or hot ashes in the fireplace. And where does that question mark go?
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Should you use the word *was* or *were* following an “or” phrase? [closed]

I'm having trouble deciding whether to use the word was or were when following an "or" phrase. For example: It wouldn't be the first time Bob or Alice was/were confused. My grammar education is ...