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Should "each" always be paired with a singular verb, even when a 'singular noun' and [each + partitive] are paired?

I know that normally singular verbs are to be used with "each", but what if an individual and 'each' + a partitive involving a collective noun, such as "family", is spoken of, and &...
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Should I use the plural or singular verbs for the biological classification of orders, families, tribes, genera etc.?

Some examples from Wikipedia: The hydrangea is a genus... The Heliantheae (sometimes called the sunflower tribe) are the third-largest tribe in the sunflower family (Asteraceae). The family ...
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Does adding "all" in front of a singular collective noun like "staff" make it plural?

I know that "staff" is a singular collective noun. One of my clients is using the sentence, "All staff are responsible for exercising good judgment." I have edited this as ...
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Should proper nouns be used as singulars or plurals? [duplicate]

My question is about whether proper nouns (used as the subject of a sentence) should be considered as singular or plural. The proper nouns "The United States" and "The Duck Variations&...
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Should I use the singular or plural?

I got awards for best actor, best director, and best animator. Is the plural “awards” the correct word to use or should I use the singular “I got AN award for best actor, best director, and best ...
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(noun) of (noun): subject-verb agreement

In a sentence that starts with (noun) of (noun) structure, the subject-verb agreement should confirm with the first noun or the second? For example: Train of thoughts lead (or) leads to something else ...
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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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Subject-verb agreement question

Quick question. Does the sentence below seem grammatically correct? "Employees are a great resource for connecting you to the right product." My gut is telling me that even though "...
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A series of tests IS / ARE performed [duplicate]

How to correctly write "A series of tests IS performed" or "A series of tests ARE performed". My thinking is that the verb "performed" is related to the noun "a ...
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usage of the -s character in verbs [closed]

I would like to know which sentence is grammatically true? The failure of the student A and B results something. The failure of the student A and B result something. Since we are are talking about ...
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"Each/every 5 ml contains..." - which is correct?

Many drug leaflets for liquid dosage forms state how much of the active ingredient is found in 5 ml of the solution. Would it be correct to state it as "Each 5 ml of the solution contains..."...
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Is "More than one teacher..." singular or plural? [duplicate]

I encountered a problem: More than one teacher is/are going to bring the students to a trip. Can you help me with this? Any help would be appreciated.
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Combining singular and plural [duplicate]

I wanted to see if anyone can confirm the following sentence reads correct, with proper agreement: "Now remember, your sales and marketing teams are the life force that keeps business flowing to ...
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Do verbs have plural forms? [closed]

According to https://webapps.towson.edu/ows/sub-verb.htm Subjects and verbs must AGREE with one another in number (singular or plural). Thus, if a subject is singular, its verb must also be singular; ...
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"My Mule Dont Like People Laughing", Why "don't" is used instead of "doesn't"?

You see, my mule don't like people laughing. He gets the crazy idea you're laughin' at him. Now if you apologize, like I know you're going to, I might convince him that you really didn't mean it. ...
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"A system" is considered singular or plural? [closed]

Perhaps the highest-profile display of the technology’s potential came in 2016, when a system built by DeepMind, a London-based ai firm owned by Alphabet, Google’s corporate parent, beat one of ...
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Should the main verb be singular or plural when there is a singular subject and a plural subject?

"The ways in which information is presented by the media shape how we view our world." Or should it be as follows? "The ways in which information is presented by the media shapes how we view our ...
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Hours spent in something takes a singular or plural verb?

For example ''Hours spent in online multiplayer gaming per week'' is it takes are or is?
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Why "somebody stop me" instead of "somebody stops me" which is grammatically correct?

The famous line of Jim Carrey in the move The Mask: "Somebody stop me!" Grammatically, I believe it should be "somebody stops me" because somebody is third person singular. So, why is it acceptable ...
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Subject and verb agreement expressed in two ways

Based on an earlier question which was deemed a duplicate, I'm submitting a differently worded question which I'm certain has not been asked before. The following two sentences, in my opinion, say ...
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