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

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Is the antecedent of a relative pronoun in a prepositional 'of' phrase a matter of choice?For example, [duplicate]

The bag of books that was found belongs to me. The bag of books that talk about history belong to me. Thanks
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Is or Are subject verb agreement

I have a question in subject verb agreement. Which one below is correct Lazy riding, fast walking and long jumping are just the way of who they are. Lazy riding, fast walking and long jumping is ...
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Need help with subject verb agreement [duplicate]

Need help with include vs. includes: He's had hits with a massive number of artists that include so-and-so, so-and-so, and so-and-so. Or should it be includes, agreeing with the word "number"?
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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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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-pronoun agreement

Like the planets, the stars are in motion, some of them at tremendous speeds, but they... Just based on the above, how can we tell which noun the pronoun they refers to: planets or stars? Is there ...
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What should we use instead of “it” when to emphasize more?

We use it when emphasizing that we refer to one particular thing. For instance, "It is Lawrence you should be talking to". Or, "It was malaria that killed him." What pronoun should we apply when we ...
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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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“Choosing appropriate architectures” - singular or plural agreement?

Choosing appropriate architectures {are} crucial or Choosing appropriate architectures {is} crucial To my knowledge [choosing something] is a single action, it should be followed by [is]. Please ...
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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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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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“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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Correct noun usage in a sentence - singular or plural?

Should the noun position be singular or plural in the following sentence? You should focus on the position(s) of your lips and tongue pronouncing this sound.
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“his mother look very tired”

Is it correct to say, James could see his mother look very tired from all the chores. The options in the test paper were the following: 1) looks 2) look 3) looked 4) had looked I would have ...
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Can I use “anymore” with “nothing”?

Normally, anymore (or any more in UK) meaning any longer used as an adverb not a as determiner, can be found in negative, conditional, or interrogative sentences. Americans may use anymore in ...
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Usage of “all” in a sentence [closed]

"All the apples in the basket are good" vs "All the apple is good" [meaning the whole apple is good?]. Are both usages correct? If yes please explain why. From here it seems both the usages ...
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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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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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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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Deaths of both Romeo and Juliet or death of both Romeo and Juliet

I was writing an essay about Romeo and Juliet when I faced this problem. Is it "deaths of both Romeo and Juliet" or "death of both Romeo and Juliet"? I think the prepositional complement has to agree ...
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When a sentence starts with “No” and has multiple subjects, which subject does the verb agree with? [duplicate]

Should it be "No juice and coffee are served," or "No juice and coffee is served?"
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I don't like it too [duplicate]

I know that the sentence "I don't like it, either" is correct. I've come across some native speakers say, "I don't like it,too." What about this variant?
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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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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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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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'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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“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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Correct use of are/is [duplicate]

I usually hear people incorrectly using are/is such as in the sentences "I don't know what is that" or "Do you know what are the examples?" What is the correct use of grammar called in these instances?...
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“This assignment is for the full term of the assigned rights” - meaning

I try to understand what does "This assignment is for the full term of the assigned rights" mean in the following paragraph: The Consultant hereby assigns to the Client all of its Intellectual ...
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Send an invitation and let the user create their own password [duplicate]

Send an invitation and let the user create their own password In this sentence user is singular, and their is plural. So I am confused whether this sentence is correct or not. Is this sentence ...
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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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“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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members get to train their ability/abilities to

"Members get to train their ability to..." "Members get to train their abilities to..." The first one sounds more "natural", but how am I supposed to explain this in terms of agreement? By the way ...
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“Less” and “fewer” in English [duplicate]

English uses two lexemes to denote that something is smaller in number or size/amount: "Less" and "fewer". "Less" is used for uncountable nouns ("I needed less time to mow the lawn today"), while "...
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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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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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tense agreement [closed]

Raphael ranks among the greatest artists of all time. Yet they say he once sold what has since become a masterpiece for a bit of food. One evening the great painter saw a mother singing to her ...
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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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How do I get singular objects to agree with 2 possessive nouns?

Which sentence below is grammatically correct and indicates that a driver damaged the engine in my car and the engine in my brother's car? (Different websites offer conflicting answers.) A) My ...
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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?
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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 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.