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Should a prepositional phrase beginning with “of” that follows a plural noun be singular or plural?

Which of these is correct? “Types of citrus fruit” or “types of citrus fruits”? I suspect it is the first example, but I would really like to know what the grammar rule governing these situations ...
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In open questions with “am”, where is the subject?

Ex. What kind of fool are you? Ex. Whose sister is she? In these questions, I understand that there is a noun or noun phrase connected by the verb "to be" to another noun. what + kind of ...
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Do 'it' and 'there' refer to the correct parts of this sentence?

In the following sentence, the 'it' in the bold part should refer to Acid Grassland and the 'there' should refer to the 'roughs' (rough areas on a golf course). "Frighteningly, some of the ...
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me and whom? vs me and who?

I'm sure some of us have heard of the Internet meme "me and who?" Strictly speaking, if no fun were allowed, shouldn't it be "me and whom" instead? I'm a little confused though, ...
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What are the subjects, objects, complements and gerunds in this sentence?

As with most great avant artists, it’s easier to describe how Arca makes you feel than what it is, exactly, she makes. Just wanted clarification on a few things. What is the first part of the ...
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Identification of the simple subject in a sentence

I am having trouble identifying the simple subject in this sentence: One of the problems facing journalism today is false news and disinformation I believe it is one. A friend of mine, however, is of ...
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What is it here in this paragraph?

The virus is mutations constantly, and each time, there's a new lottery ticket. And once in a while, it really, whatever number appears they get the winning ticket placed randomly found the right set ...
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Topic/ subject + controlling idea [closed]

Can someone help me identify the subject + the controlling idea of this sentence. If you’ve ever dreamed of exploring Andalucia, Catalonia, or Mallorca, we invite you to explore Spain on a bike tour ...
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Compound Predicate with two Prepositional Phrases / Preposition Deletion

My intention is to say that: (A) I will be traveling on Mon & Tue. I will be eating on Mon & Tue. Is this a correct paraphrase -?-> (B) I will be traveling and eating on Mon and Tue. Or ...
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Verb agreement with relative pronoun “what” as subject [duplicate]

The following construction can be found in one of the post in the ELU. remembering that the heart fibrils are what vibrate abnormally to cause a heart attack The verb "to vibrate" is in ...
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What does “they” refer to in this sentence?

I don't understand the pronoun "they" and the subject of "are" in the following sentence. Silver prices yesterday jumped 13% to an eight-year high after some online investors ...
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More sophisticated case of “me and I”!

Which of the following is correct? "I agree that it will be just me and you managing the projects." or "I agree that it will be just I and you managing the projects."
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Subject in the sentence

The most common kind is the curves. The data is pairs of y and x. Are subjects of these sentences kind and data, which means that is is the predicator (not are), right? I am confused by the following ...
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Can subject complement occur after “as”

In the sentence : She first came to Canada on her own in 1998, and committed to music-her passion, both as a songwriter and a singer...” Is “as [a songwriter]/ [a singer]” subject complement? I found ...
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Answer should be 'her' or 'their'? [duplicate]

Neither Nancy nor Loma remembered to bring _______ camera ] Her Their Them Neither In this questions option C "their" was given correct answer but I need an explanation to it as I read the ...
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Can a morphologically singular noun sometimes take a plural verb if semantics permits so?

I have had this rather mind-boggling question: Do the following sentences require a singular or plural verb? The blue and the red dice are/is rolled on the floor. Geraldine's and Gerald's car are ...
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When an action is not carried out, who is the subject?

“My mother gave me money.” My mother is the subject, money is the direct object, and I am the indirect object who receives the money. “My mother did not give me money.” This sentence states what my ...
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“about me” versus “about I” [closed]

Consider the following sentence: The details in the first section are the most important ones about me. The sentence seems completely natural, and yet, by analysis it appears that "the most ...
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How to answer “who is singing over there? [duplicate]

How to answer “who is singing over there?_____ is Ivan’s sister. A: She. B: It. C. That
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Is it correct to paraphrase “the most” as “one of the most”

I just want to know if I have paraphrased the following accurately or is there another way to paraphrase it? The original sentence is: Our previous study also demonstrated that PCP was the most ...
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Which of the following sentences uses a subject complement? [closed]

What about C, isn't a bit anxious about the test tomorrow also a subject complement following the linking verb am?
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Hello, I need help in understanding the grammatical structure of this sentence

I need help in understanding the grammatical structure of this sentence. Could anyone break it down? Thank you very much!! "Scattered among the leaves crawl creatures called Zeepers that are ...
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“Whomever” as both object and subject

I put together a document with my findings in order to help whomever keeps working on this. I understand that "whomever" should be used as an object, whereas "whoever" as a ...
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What is the subject of the sentence “wherever she lives is where I am destined to be”?

Here are a few options: She: 'She' is the subject of the verb 'lives'. I: 'I' is the subject of the verb 'am'. Wherever she lives: 'Wherever she lives' is the subject of the verb 'is'. Where I am ...
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any of this or these?

Can you help me correct this sentence? "Whether it's a cup of coffee or tea, our cake goes well with any of THIS or THESE? " this seems a little confusing since ANY is usually used in plural ...
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Why is subject-verb agreement violated in the following dialogue?

Hello :) I was watching Big Bang Theory and there's a scene where Sheldon's brother says like this; I know life has been hard for you... that don't mean it's been easy for the rest of us. When I ...
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Should these sentences actually use 'whom' instead of 'who'? [duplicate]

I'm fairly confident that some of the grammatical advice I've been reading recently is arrant balderdash. It relates to the distinction between the ‘who’ and ‘whom’. I'm sure this is a classic case on ...
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need to repeat the subject in a coordinate clause?

I'm editing a text and so far the sentence I'm working on looks like this: They are the ones we wanted to pay tribute to, and remind people what they protested against. The subject of "remind&...
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Plural subject and singular predicate

I wonder if it's correct to say: "Graphs are a special data structure." Here, "graphs" are plural, but "a special data structure" is singular. I remember I have seen this ...
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What is the subject in the following sentence? This is the book I wanted

This is the book I wanted. In this sentence, is 'this' the formal subject and 'book' the real Subject?
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The grammar of these two sentences

Sentence 1: 'He noted his father was a nice guy.' Sentence 2: 'He noted his father, as "a man with different attributes", was a nice guy.' May I say that: Sentence 1: "He" is the ...
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Appropriate pronoun for “deciding on” + pronoun + infinitive? [duplicate]

I was wondering about the grammar of sentences like this: They decided on him going to Japan and her going to China. Or should it be like this? They decided on he going to Japan and she going to ...
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“Not to watch” vs “Not to have watched” as subject of a sentence [duplicate]

E.g. 1 Not to watch Kobe Bryant's matches when he was alive is my biggest regret. £.g. 2 Not to have watched Kobe Bryant's matches when he was alive is my biggest regret. Am I right that e.g. 1 is not ...
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Is “the computers” in “here are the computers that you requested” a subject or object?

I'm a little confused which is the subject and the object in this sentence: Here are the computers that you requested. My guess is that "the computers" is the object and "you" is the subject. Is ...
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Which sentence is correct and why: agreement?

Please tell me which is correct and why: My favorite thing to smell is flowers. Or My favorite things to smell are flowers.
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Use of gerunds after subjects

In the statement, "A man sitting next to you at a movie theater was very disruptive," what is "sitting" - a gerund, a verb, or an adjective?
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Is the Latter Clause of an Action Simile Attributed to the Subject or Object Acted Upon?

In other (hopefully more graceful) words, are both of the following lines valid? "A smiling Freddy flung the slimy papaya around like a wet rag." "A smiling Freddy flung the slimy papaya around like ...
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Omission of subject in tensed clause

I know the subject can be omitted in untensed clauses. But I've encountered with the following: You spent more money than was intended to be spent. Here, 'than' seems to be functioning like a ...
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Sentence starting with accusative case

"Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad" In this sentence "whom" is used at the beginning where subject is normally placed, but why is it in accusative case? It's should be in the nominative ...
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The boy the girl the man saw kissed jumped

My Japanese friend asked me to help him translate this sentence but I cannot understand it. Can someone explain the grammar of this?
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there is a single person whose/whom/who being a person contains the events of his career

'And': Conjunction Reduction Redux By Barry Schein (linguist) has this passage: How natural does whose sound? Can you use who or whom instead? If this were a personal pronoun, the nominative wouldn'...
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Should I use “her” or “she”?

In the blank below: Everyone likes you but _____. Should I use "her" or "she"? I think both of them are okay. If "her" is used, I'll perceive the sentence as "Everyone likes you, but everyone does ...
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What are the exceptions of subject-verb agreement?

I have heard of exceptions in subject verb agreement. For example, "If I were a bird" doesn't agree in subject and verb but still it is used. What are the other exceptions of subject-verb agreement? ...
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What is the difference between using gerunds vs. infinitives as the subject of a sentence?

For example: What is the difference in saying "To err is human" vs. "Making mistakes is an intergal part of the human condition?" In our textbook "Speak Out C1" the author explains that it is more ...
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What mean“subject” in the sentence?

I have a problem in this sentence I cannot understand the meaning of "subject" in the sentence: Guthrie has also demonstrated that the landscape must have been subject to intense and continuous winds,...
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What is the omitted subject of 'eating with your brother' in 'the big guy eating with your brother'?

(1) Who's the big guy [ ___ eating with your brother]? Here, the subject of the bracketed non-finite clause is omitted, as shown in the blank, and is retrievable from the main clause. I'd like to ...
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Plural or singular: “The socks in these pictures [are/is] the left one, before and after it was cleaned.” Is the correct conjugation “are” or “is”? [duplicate]

"The socks in question [are or is] the left one, before and after it was cleaned." Is the correct conjugation "are" or "is"? In the above sentence (and this one), a pair of socks is expected, but it ...
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Verb/Subject Agreement should it be make or makes?

Mixing the ingredients and baking the dough make/makes a cookie. Neither one triggers the MS word spelling and grammar. Also if someone could explain which answer to this is correct Verb/Subject ...
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Can I say, “The alternative to it are private schools.”?

Is it possible to use this word order for the two subjects?
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Subject-verb agreements

Why do we treat first person singular and second person with a plural verb? Is there any reason behind this? Why is it not like- you was running incredibly fast. Why is it-you were running incredibly ...

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