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

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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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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 kind of form is “don’t anyone”?

Does English have third-person imperatives, or only second-person ones? Consider: Jeff, turn the heat in here way down, please, but don’t anyone turn his suit heater on. We need to get used to that ...
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“On their back” or “on their backs”?

After the therapy, eight children (43%) became able to crawl/move on their back. Or should I use "on their backs"? Singular because each child only has one back, or plural because we're dealing ...
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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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Should I use a singular or plural “one” here?

Sometimes I get confused over how and when we should use plurals. For example, should we say: They are the only one who is capable of doing this Or They are the only one who are capable of ...
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SAT question, pronoun “their” [closed]

I've been practising for the coming SAT, and I got confused by this question from the writing section. It read something like this: John was one of the astronomers who devoted all their time to ...
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Why “man” not “men” in “Many a brave man”? [duplicate]

I’m reading Black Beauty and there is a sentence there which starts like this: Many a brave man went down, many a horse fell, Why man here? Why not men?
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why is the first sentence wrong out of the two given below?

*Her company is outperforming those of her competitors. *Her company is outperforming the companies of her competitors. The question is from a Manhattan GMAT book. It says there is lack of number ...
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“Many lost their life” or “Many lost their lives”

Many individuals lost their individual life. or Many individuals list their individual lives. Each person has one life right?
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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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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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“Those box” - part of a studied dialect or merely an idiolect?

My wife, who is from northern New Jersey, USA, and who has a cold, was looking for a box of Kleenex/facial tissues this morning; she said to herself, "I need those box of tissues." This was not simply ...
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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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Personal pronoun - Using 'it' when introducing a person

On the NPR radio program Wait Wait Don't Tell Me (http://www.npr.org/programs/wait-wait-dont-tell-me/) Peter Sagal introduces the week's panelists using 'it's,' as in "She'll be performing Friday at ...
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Number agreement between subject and object

The other day, my father and I were expecting my brothers to come home. Upon hearing a car enter the driveway, my father said, "Your brothers are here." When I looked at the door, I could see that it ...
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Why is it “gangster” rather than “gangsters”?

The suspect, along with his two younger siblings, became the most notorious gangster in the district. The suspect, along with his two younger siblings, became the most notorious gangsters in the ...
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Subject/Complement Agreement. How to describe problem with “The thing is the objects.”

In my ell answer, version 32, I provided the following, problematic, wording (especially bold italic), and I need help to better understand this issue so I can fix my answer:1 The thing is ...
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Referring to X (plural) units of Y as an “it”

I am reading The White Spider, a book on mountain climbing, and I got hung up on this passage which sounded wrong, although I can see why it isn't... Herman couldn't be expected to hear him in that ...
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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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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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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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Until someone does? is? has?

From a post on Scott Alexander's Slate Star Codex blog: I also think that nobody has ever been able to consistently extract anything useful or scalable out of them, and until someone does, they’ll ...
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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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“is each” or “are each”?

I haven't found an answer on any of the boards related to 'each' that seems to answer this specific question: I have included the following in draft correspondence: Organization x and organization ...
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Distributive adjectives in sentences with non-count nouns

In the following sentence: "Wall and roof thickness are always considered when repairing a chimney." The sentence refers to the thickness of both the wall and the roof. Is the sentence above correct ...
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When should the subject agree with the object of the preposition?

Quite often while I'm looking through research articles, I see sentences that start like this one: The tensile strengths of the composites changed... I generally change strengths to strength in ...
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Number of noun modified by coordinated PP: “the [X-sg] of [Y] and [Z] is”, or “the [X-pl] of [Y] and [Z] are”?

I've tried searching Google and StackExchange for this one, but I find it difficult to state the problem generally and therefore have had no luck so far; apologies if the answer is already out there ...
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Question regarding “Two kinds of”

Which of these two is correct, and why? two kinds of televisions two kinds of television
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Verb tense agreement - 'Do' vs. 'did'

I want to say something like, 'Would many women, if asked, say they feel unsatisfied with the way they are treated? They would say that they /do/.' A friend advised me to change 'do' to 'did'. But I'...
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When referring to “one”, use “his” or “their”? [duplicate]

Is this grammatically correct? There is nothing like an animal attack video to remind one of their mortality.
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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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Is 'the most remarkable thing that can be readjusted by environmental cues is our body clocks' grammatical?

The most remarkable thing that can be readjusted by environmental cues is our body clocks I think the subject and the compliment do not match and look awkward. What do you think?
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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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How to agree verb with has and will in same sentence? [duplicate]

The sentence is- The management has never and will never close the door to negotiations. Textbooks says closed should be use instead of close. I am confused as it sounds strange to ears. Which one ...
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Agreement of articles and prepositions

Which of the following sentences would you consider most acceptable, and why? Please assume knowledge of the difference between the definite and indefinite articles here and that they are used ...
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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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“That” vs “Those” which to use after both a plural and a singular noun?

"The rise of computer technologies and networking is due to collective action similar to that of other social movements, such as the environmental movement, the anti-tobacco movement or the women's ...
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How should I fill these blanks on an agreement?

How should I fill these blanks on an agreement? The agreement starts like this; __ legally represented by _, residing at __ on __ hereinafter referred as "Contractor"... 1)Name 2)as the person not ...
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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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“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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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 ...