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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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Confused with All of prepositional rule

The rule : The only time when the object of the preposition factors into the decision of plural or singular verb forms is when noun and pronoun subjects like some, half, none, more, all, etc. are ...
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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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Find the subject of the verb “existed”

Pregnancy has stirred up feelings I didn't know existed! I guess the subject of existed is feelings and I kind of understand the meaning but I can't work out the structure of this sentence. Where is ...
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One subject for every paragraph?

I've heard that a paragraph should have exactly one subject. I'm looking at the caption of a figure, and wondering if it should be reworded: If the factor model is good, it interrupts the effect ...
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Subject verb agreement question regarding “seem/seems” [duplicate]

Sentence: "Two weeks seems to be the virus's maximum incubation period." What is the subject of the sentence? I can't figure out if it's the virus or the incubation period. Also, generally, when you ...
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“the” with subjects in subject-verb inversion

Explanation of what subjects we can use in subject-verb inversion: From an answer to “Here he comes”, “Here comes he” : The order of pronoun and verb in inversion: 1. On the corner is a cafe. – ...
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Subject verb for causes/cause

Kindly let me know which one is correct and why ? A diet high in oil causes more obesity than diet high in sugar. OR A diet high in oil cause more obesity than diet high in sugar.
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Grammatical analysis of a sentence

Good afternoon! Please could you help me to define what parts of a sentence are included in this phrase: "The most interesting thing for me is to create pictures". What is a subject and what is a ...
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Bare Infinitive as Subject [duplicate]

I would like to know whether or not a verb in its bare infinitive form can be used as the subject of a sentence. In other words, is it grammatically correct to say: Do what her/his mother asks is ...
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Is it correct to use “you and me” in this Beijing Olympics song?

I know we use "you and me" in an object case. But I think in this song, "you and me " is a subject. Lyrics are as follow: You and me From one world We are family Travel dream A thousand ...
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Subject Verb Agreement

In the email I received from IELTS notifying my results, I think the subject 'results' is not agreeing with the verb 'is' here. Can you please tell me if my understanding is correct. The text I ...
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'Where it feels'

I am probably asking a stupid question, but I am not an english speaker. The sentence 'where it feels like home', is it correct? The subject 'it' after the adverb 'where' is my main doubt. Thank you ...
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Subject Verb Agreement: “His devotion, passion, and commitment to the work he provides inspire(s)…”

Should the verb be singular, "inspire," or plural, "inspires." I am having trouble determining if the subject is "His," singular, or "Devotion, passion, and commitment," plural. Here is the following ...
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“The” as a subject?

Could I use a word the as a subject, omitting the actual one? Just like this: The man has bought a hat; the [hat] fits him. It's a Russian joke, by the way.
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“Dave saying that really pissed me off” 2 subjects? [duplicate]

So I was teaching and came up with a sentence like this. I'm British and it seems like something I could imagine saying but the grammar seems weird and the students didn't like. I'm NOT TALKING ...
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Who vs. whom when the he/him test is unclear

I'm not sure whether the following sentence requires who/whom: Does anyone know who/whom I can speak with about that? If a similar sentence began with who/whom, it would be "whom." Whom can I speak ...
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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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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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A quick subject/object question

Here is the sentence: Han wants to become a worker. I would like to ask about his job intentions. Which one would be the correct version to do that: 1) Who does Han want to become? 2) Who Han ...
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Grammatical analysis of these two sentences

Isn’t Istanbul a good city? and Istanbul is a good city, isn’t it? In (1) what is the term for how “Isn’t Istanbul” is being used here? At first it looks like its function is to act as ...
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About cases you don't use the article “the” and “a” | Would anybody be able to tell me why there is no article in this case? [duplicate]

I read an article of the link below: https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/hong-kong-protester-shot-1.5303783 My question is why the subject "Hong Kong protester" in the title has no article "a" and ...
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Genderless subject pronoun writing [duplicate]

I have a question that is in line with times: a non-gender-specific subject pronoun (which I call "genderless" in the title to make it simple to grab). I'd like to ask what form you would choose: he ...
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Subject determination for subjects with secondary subjects following the first [duplicate]

Example sentence: Her medal, along with the medals of 910 others, was unfortunately taken away I initially thought that "Her medal, along with the medals of 910 others" is plural, so I thought ...
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When whoever vs. whomever fails the he/him test [duplicate]

The following example fails the he/him test for whoever/whomever: Please give the key to whoever needs to open that cabinet. Give the key to him or he? Give the key to him. However, when asking ...
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The subject in sentence and use of was vs were: 'The final type of activities was organised trips'

For context, I was writing about different activities that took place during a programme. I discussed five out of six different types of activities and then said: 'The final type of activities was ...
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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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what is the subject of last clause?

what is the subject of last clause ? But shrinking the band gaps of such materials just that little bit further, to the point where a brilliant red is reflected instead, has so far proved beyond their ...
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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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Can adverb be a subject in english? What part of speech can be a subject?

Many part of speech can be a subject in my native language (Russian) For example - a noun, a adverb, a pronoun, verb etc. But I think in English it isn't the same. So what can be a subject in ...
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“What colour is your car”, What is subject there

I don't understand what is subject in sentences like these "What colour is your car", subject is "What colour" or "your car" "What size is this shirt" "What time is it" etc. A little similar "Who ...
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a relative pronoun/adverb as an adverbial

He collects some cars that are antique. I know the relative pronoun “that” is the subject of “are” here. This is the letter (that) my mother sent me. I know the relative pronoun “that” is the ...
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Help regarding the subject in a sentence

Could anyone please tell me what would be the subject in the following sentence which I have taken from the National Geographic website: Providing pools of water for frogs when other water is ...
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Do I have to repeat the subject of this sentence?

The sentence that's troubling me is: Is he signed to any label or is he self-employed? I don't know if it is necessary to put "is he" a second time, or if I can safely omit it. My tacit instinct ...
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Is it possible to begin a subsequent question with “Or” without repeating the subject? [closed]

Examples: Are you planning a trip with your friends? Or collaborating on a project with your peers? Have you discovered a new movie you'd love to watch? Or found an original recipe you'd like to try ...
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What is the subject in the following sentence here?

sorry for the vague title; I can't think of a clearer one. You are listening to Friday Music World. Coming up next is a song sure to give you inspiration to heal the world: "Heal the World" by ...

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