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For questions about how words change depending on other words in a sentence. Also called concord.

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Which grammatical number to use for a singular/plural possesion when using “singular they” as a “general they”?

Here’s the situation. Imagine that a group of students took a test. Now suppose that the rule is that a student getting a score below 40 gets only the remark ‘study hard’ written at the bottom of ...
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What's the correct verb to be used?

would I say: Having a suitable Tone, Pace and Volume is or are integral to ensuring excellent quality over the phone.
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There (was/were) once or twice that I failed my maths [closed]

Doing revision and homework (is/are) good for students. There (was/were) once or twice that I failed my maths. Which verb in the parentheses is correct?
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Plural main verb with singular 'what'-clause: “Managers are what is needed”

Following a native speaker's answer to a question on ELL.SE in which they state a verb in the plural in the matrix clause must be met with a corresponding plural verb in the subordinate clause (i.e. ...
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What is the question tag for sentences whose subjects are “none…is” and “each…is”? [duplicate]

I know that indefinite pronouns like none and each take singular verbs, but what about their question tags? None of the boys has passed the test, ________? Each of the girls was given a prize,...
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“Log hours against a task”

To give a little bit of context, I work on an software development company and we use a project management tool in which we raise tasks (we call them jiras, actually, but nevermind that) that ...
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“Royal we” agreement

I stumbled across a question about synonyms for "hypocrite", and of course I then got even more distracted by this comment: @MichaelPaulukonis: +1, great comment. Interesting question at the end: ...
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Concord with gender-neutral “they” [duplicate]

I was wondering what the general take is on concord with they as a gender-neutral 3rd person singular pronoun. I assume there are no hard and fast rules here yet, seeing that this is a fairly new ...
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Which one is correct? Watching soccer games make/makes me happy

"Watching soccer games" is the subject but the teacher argues that it is the word"watching"
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This data are treated anonymously

I saw this sentence on a web service. But I think this sentence is wrong. "This data are treated anonymously." I think it should be either of these. "This data is treated anonymously." "These data ...
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Verb agreement with two gerunds as subject

I would like to know which of the following sentences is correct: Translating and adapting texts for different audiences composes the key of this theory Translating and adapting texts for different ...
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Usage singular vs plural for “in their hands” and “on their face”

Considering that Sam and his brother are waiting together for a movie to start, and each of them has a sugar candy in their hand, and each of them smiles… what will be the most grammatically correct ...
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Knew, realized + the past/present

Please consider the following: I knew the building (IS/WAS) thirty feet tall. They realized I (AM/WAS) his son. My question: both those clauses contain general truths. So, do I need to use ...
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Is there any such thing as noun pronoun proximity?

I have read of Concord (or noun-verb agreement) and was wondering if, is as I have been told, there is a similar grammar rule for noun-pronoun agreement/proximity. When there's a sentence where two ...
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Why “they”, and not “it”, is used here? [closed]

It seems to me that the author should have used a singular pronoun here: Bakunin: Universal suffrage by the whole people of representatives and rulers of the state — this is the last word of ...
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Can you say “what was —- a reaction to?”

If I mean to ask the main causes of something, so I want to know what something reacted to, can I say “what was the war a reaction to?”? It sounds pretty weird to me... I’d rather say “what did the ...
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1-1 correspondence

This case really bothers me while I am speaking. Here is the situation: I have a group of four students. Each has the textbook named "Gandhi Readers". So, there are four textbooks, yet there is only ...
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most of that or most of them or most of it

I happened to read the following sentence in ‘Poached’ by Stuart Gibbs, which deals with coalas. They(Coalas) rest sixteen to eighteen hours a day and spend most of that unconscious. But I wonder ...
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was vs were in “The teachers discussed Jim, one of whose problems was poor study habits”

In the sentence below: The teachers discussed Jim, one of whose problems was poor study habits. Why was is used in the adjective clauses?
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Why use “his” in association with the word “mankind”?

The economist Keynes in a book wrote: The power to become habituated to his surroundings is a marked characteristic of mankind. I would have used "its" instead but since English is not my mother-...
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Function of fractions in NPs + form of subsequent verb

I have two questions about the clause two thirds of the book deals with WWII: i) how do we analyse the subject of this clause from a syntactic point of view? I'd analyse it as a NP, with the ...
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Should a company be referred to as “he/she” or as “it”?

When a customer represents a company, not a person, and a pronoun is needed to refer back to that customer, should one use he/she, or should one use it?
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singular noun-verb agreement with superlative adjective

Is the noun-verb following sentence correct?: "Most metaphysics has been determined by it." I thought that with the superlative adjective 'most', the subject is made plural; but can it also be ...
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Nouns following the verb “turn”

I am wondering why we use a singilar noun in the following construction: -The two brothers turned "terrorist". Is there any explanation for using the singular form?
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I would agree vs I agree?

I don't know why many people say "I would agree/disagree" when expressing their agreement regarding point of view or statement, while would is intended to express incertitude of action in the future. ...
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“What Seem” vs “What Seems” with plural

I have prayed what seem like the same prayers for so long. OR I have prayed what seems like the same prayers for so long.
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Why do my legs (plural) ache (singular) but my back (singular) aches (plural) [closed]

I couldn't think how to word the title without writing my whole question, I am a native English speaker so while I understand saying "my legs aches" is wrong and sounds weird, I have no idea why. Same ...
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Which to be verb do you use when listing items?

I'm confused about what "to be verb" to use when you create a list of items. I mean when you talk about 3 or 4 items. What "to be verb" goes after "how much"? I read that "how much" always goes with ...
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“one (or many!) thing” vs. “one (or many!) things”

I understand that, without the parentheses, the correct form would be "one or more things". However, if one wants to make "(or many!)" a parenthetical remark, should that affect the agreement of the ...
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a large amount of the population speaks/speak? [duplicate]

Can you say "a large amount of the population" or should it be "a large number of the population? And if you CAN say "a large amount of the population" is this amount considered singular or plural?
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Spain and United Kingdom's … Response or Responses?

I'm not quite sure which would be right. (i) A comparative study of Spain and United Kingdom's Response to EU Mechanism (ii) A comparative study of Spain and United Kingdom's Responses to EU ...
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'Do/Don't' in 3rd person singular [duplicate]

A lot of song lyrics include phrases where "do/don't" is used instead of "does/doesn't" with subjects in 3rd person singular. We are taught that is incorrect grammar. But, given how widespread that ...
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One among the few shops that offer or offers [duplicate]

One among the few shops in London that offer or offers designer clothes.
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Is it correct to use plural, then define it in singular form?

For example: Snow leopards, another mammal with a relatively large tail, are also known to [...] Edit: changed from big cat to mammal to emphasise that it's a definition, not a noun.
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Which has higher priority, grammar or logic? [closed]

"Sunset on Mars is blue." Is this statement grammatically correct. Of course there is also the concern if accuracy/logic overrides grammar.
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They are not merely <inconveniences/an inconvenience>, they are <dangers/a danger> to health

This Guardian article titled "William Wordsworth review – inspiration and smoking chimneys" has this passage: It is 14 years since the publication of Lyrical Ballads. Wordsworth’s income from ...
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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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It is correct to say “All who believe” or All who believes?" [closed]

Is "All" the subject in this sentence or is "who" the subject? If all is the subject then believe would be the correct verb agreement. If who is the subject then believes would be the correct verb ...
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Is “Behalves” A Proper Plural of “Behalf”?

The following sentence appears in a syllabus of a decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit (at page 3): The panel affirmed the district court’s dismissal of Longoria’s ...
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“are each” + singular/plural noun?

The boxes are each containers of uniquely colored balls. So, to get two balls of the same color, two boxes need to be opened. or The boxes are each a container of uniquely colored balls. So, to ...
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“There IS/ARE an even number of rules” - What is the correct verb and what is the subject? [duplicate]

What is the subject in the following sentence and is the verb agreement correct? "There is an even number of rules."
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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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Is it “makes” or “make” in this sentence?

Throughout history Milan has been alternately dominated by France, Spain, and Austria, which makes it a city full of different cultural influences. I thought it was 'make' at first, because ...
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Noun-adjective agreement [duplicate]

What is correct here? it could pay your mortgage and car payments it could pay your mortgage and car payment The monthly payments are separate and distinct so #1 sounds right, but in #2, mortgage ...
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Subject-verb agreement : is or are [duplicate]

which one is correct? Could we consider both somehow correct? Using idioms and expressions is appreciated. Or Using idioms and expressions are appreciated. Thanks a lot.
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Make/Makes Confusion [closed]

Can anyone help explain to me why the answer to the following question is what it is. The Navajo language is complex, with a structure and sound that makes it unintelligible to anyone without ...
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Which should it be — need or needs [closed]

Which one should it be -- need or needs The following is a list of staff, from your district, who need authorization.
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Why don't adjectives agree with nouns in English?

I had never actually thought about this before now, probably because I'm a native speaker of English. But once I gave it some thought, I was actually a little surprised that adjectives in English do ...
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What form of “to be” to use with “former/latter”?

Consider this: Universities and polytechnics are actively encouraged by the government of this country. The former are to provide academic education based on research, and the latter are to provide ...
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he or she with their? [duplicate]

I have a question about a sentence. When writing for mass media, success goes to he or she who puts their most important info at the top of the story. Should it be he or she paired with their?