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Subject verb agreement, which is correct?

TATA Group SETS SIGHTS on the new project TATA Group SETS SIGHT on the new project I read it in a newspaper and the sentence 1 was the headline but why sight is used as sights
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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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change the subject of an active sentence into an adverb of the passive counterpart

what is the rhetorical device which changes the subject of an active sentence, The breeze wavered the flowers, into an adverb of the passive counterpart, the flowers wavered in the breeze?
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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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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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Subject phrase: 'Both of us' like sailing

I'm unsure whether or not 'both of us' and 'we both' are subject phrases. They are clearly in the subject position but in the first sentence 'both' is also a predeterminer, as far as I understand it, ...
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Why “it please” and not “it pleases”? [duplicate]

This is from Game of Thrones and Im having a hard time to know why it is grammatically correct. Thanks
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“Why is it that…” relative clause? [closed]

It would be great if someone could explain this sentence structure to me: "Why is it that you don't like me?" I don't understand how all of the components come together. What is the link between it ...
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We three or us three

Does the subject value in the following example need to be "us" or "we". Does it follow the same principle in pluralising the subject where removing one component isolates the correct noun? Dad and ...
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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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In the sentence “Go help yourself”, is 'yourself' both the direct object and the subject?

In the sentence "Go help yourself", is 'yourself' both the direct object and the subject? Can a subject and direct object be the exact same word in a sentence? If not, what is 'yourself' here?
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Is a subject pronoun needed in the second clause?

The campaign is not only financially beneficial to that organisation but it also has a positive impact on the morale of the employees. or The campaign is not only financially beneficial to that ...
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Can I omit a subject in If-clauses?

I came across a sentence on Cambridge Dictionary. It says If found guilty, he faces six months in jail. They omitted "he is" right ? And can I say If (my computer is) broken , I will fix it. ...
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If necessary vs If it is necessary [closed]

A lot of phrases sound odd or like ellipsis (also pointed out here, as elision) when "it" or any subject is left out. Like: If wrong, correct it. If intelligent, hire her. If stolen, please report ...
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Is it grammatically correct to use, Reason why i could vs reason why i am able [closed]

Guys could you tell me are these sentence grammatically correct He is the reason why i could afford this car. He is the reason why i am able to afford this car. Are these sentence grammatically ...
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Are there restrictions to what can serve as a subject to “need?”

Basically, I wonder if there are restrictions on what can serve as a subject to the verb need. The sentence that started this comes from a recent EL&U question: Successfully doing this needs a ...
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with/without + pronoun (me vs. my) + gerund-participial phrase

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (Page 461) has this section: (f) Subject of clausal complement of with/without Pronouns in this position normally appear in accusative case: [...
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Can you use word 'these' as a subject of a sentence that directly followed by a verb?

Today we came across a sentence that goes like this: Many physical objects constitute the IoT. These send data, share information and/or remotely control and manage a device or process. My ...
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I don't know there is needed subject [duplicate]

Recently, I read on the reddit sentence: "Grinned from ear to ear when I heard it". I would like to ask why there is no subject at the beginning of "I". Is this something acceptable, is it normal for ...
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What is the subject in the given sentence?

It's not easy to do the right thing. What is the subject in the given sentence? I don't think it's obvious in this sentence. I was taught that subject is something, that performs the verb. But I don'...
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Subject agreement is / are [closed]

Which one is correct? 1- The first five questions of interview are related to .... 2- The first five questions of interview is related to ...
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Which pronoun should be used after the word ‘like’? [closed]

For example, which of the following is considered correct?: Don't be like him Don't be like he is There are other examples I can't think of right now where people use him instead of ...
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Isn't it: You look like “<object>”? [duplicate]

The Starbucks Rewards program has this tagline: You look like you'd love a free drink. Is this grammatical? I couldn't quite understand how the clause "you'd love a free drink" act like an object....
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Subject in “Over there is where I'll be.”

Here's a conversation between a receptionist of a hotel and a man wanting to meet a girl living in the hotel: Man: Is she in? Receptionist: Just missed her, actually, but you're welcome to ...
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Stranding “of” in subjects - Possible or impossible?

Observation Take a subject that contains an of-phrase (friend of X, president of X, writer of X etc.). Now try to question the element X after of by fronting the corresponding wh-phrase. Often this ...
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Clarity in sentence usage regarding subject and predicate

Allen's friend bought a bag for his girlfriend on her birthday. The next time he meets her, she has the same bag with her. He compliments the bag and asks her, "where did you buy the bag from?" ...
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I don't understand the explanation to the answer of this practice composition question. Can someone advise

Explanation: "Each" is a singular subject. The possessive noun "pageant's" as well as the following pronoun should also be singular. Question:("All of this requires hard work, determination, and ...
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Where is the subject in a sentence that starts with a prepositional phrase

Where is the subject in a sentence that starts with a prepositional phrase. For example the preposition phrase beginning with after below: After breakfast the boys wandered out to the garden. Is ...
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Should a comma come before 'you' in this sentence?

I'm wondering whether a comma should precede the pronoun 'you' in the sentence examples below: That's not how the computer works, you fool. Thanks for the assignment tips, you saviour. Whenever I ...
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On the Use of “nothing”

the statement 'nothing can be known' seems straightforward, right? 'nothing' is the subject, in which case the statement can be taken to mean that not a single thing can be known. and yet, is there ...
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A term for an ending that makes a subject from a verb?

I was looking up "wallah" and the OED said "from the Hindi suffix -vālā ‘doer’" and I was wondering if there was a term for suffixes like this. I suspect the answer is really trivial More English ...
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Is “average age” singular subject or plural?

"The average age at which people died of heart disease are decreasing." Can I use "is" in place of "are" ?
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New Yorker “Who”/“Whom”

Has The New Yorker changed its "who"/"whom" policy? Recently, I noticed--for the first time in fifteen years of more or less consistent readership---two occasions I considered non-standard, both from ...
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English Subject-auxiliary inversion

In normal declarative English sentences, let's call them 'canonical' sentences, the verb comes after the subject. Bob is walking the Great Wall of China. Bob likes elephants. But in other types of ...
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Subject verb agreement when “one of” used

Are these two sentences correct? One of the employees who is worker at KP is here. One of the employees who are workers at KP is here. What is the context of who in both the sentences?
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Multiple relative clauses within subject?

I'm wondering what is the actual subject in this sentence: "One of the countries she has visited that I have not is Canada." To me, everything up until 'is' seems like the subject, but I can't find ...
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Is the signature of a letter a subject or an object?

I want to sign a letter jokingly not by name, but by a personal pronoun. Is the signature a subject or an object? I feel like using object pronoun (me) sounds better, but why? The signature looks more ...
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Is it “George and I” or “George and me”? [duplicate]

Recently, at McCain's funeral Obama said: "After all, what better way to have the last laugh than to make George and I say nice things about him to a national audience." Is it "George and I" or "...
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If someone pleads guilty to a crime, can they be described as “convicted”?

If someone pleads guilty to a crime, can I then describe them as being "convicted"? I recognise that a person who pleads guilty to a crime will have a conviction on their record. The confusion ...