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Agreement between a verb and its subject for number and person.

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Countable plural nouns & subject-verb agreement

A friend of mine claims that a sentence like: Foreign languages is what interests me. is the only correct option, whereas using the plural are would be wrong. I'm not convinced about this and I ...
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Another subject-verb agreement [duplicate]

The verb 'need', always seems to throw me off somehow. I feel in the sentence - "For a person to be affected, a copy of the gene from each parent need to be inherited" - it should be "...
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cotton-top tamarins also spend most of their lives in the trees. My question is about why not most of their live ? why lives? [duplicate]

I don't understand (most of their lives) is singular or plural ? what make this sentence singular for what reason ?
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Do we use (has or have) with an unknown gender? [duplicate]

Do we use (has or have) with an unknown gender? For example: Which one is correct? 1.Who has been invited? 2.Who have been invited? I'm asking this question because I know that we use "them&...
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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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What is more appropriate in this sentence - both or each?

Communication and interpersonal skills are ________ important in their own ways. The above sentence is a GATE 2014 MCQ Question with the following options - both each all either The options 'all' ...
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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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What's the proper pluralization of this linking verb? Did I violate the subject-verb agreement law? [duplicate]

This is the quote I'm having trouble with. Help me prioritize my tasks. By "tasks," what I really mean is programming languages. I'm particularly confused in the line where I say, "...
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Singular vs. plural when the subject has multiple objects in it

This is a question about deciding singular vs. plural verb where the subject contains multiple objects in it. Let me set the context first. I have a mathematical problem where I need to find a ...
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Is this grammatically correct? I am not sure of the sentence structure. “She saw two boys in white dresses standing by the road?”

I am kinda confused of the participial phrase in that sentence. Is that grammatically correct? Do I need to put a comma? Does the sentence make sense?
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Is there a difference between “seeks” and “tries”?

I am seeking guidance on using seek vs try when speaking. This sentence is talking about what a research study is attempting to discover: A flu challenge study tries to understand what happens when a ...
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Grammar of “all are agreed”?

The oft-used phrase "all are agreed" doesn't make grammatical sense to me. It means "all agree" or "all agreed", or even "all are agreeing", with "all"...
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Confusion with plural usage form [duplicate]

So I'm quite confused as to what word do I use in these sentences: That equates to almost over 136,000 cars needing "repairs/repair". DIY hail damage repair kits really "isn't/aren't&...
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“Neither” plural agreement [duplicate]

There are four different forms of verb pluralisation agreement I'm curious about: neither thing [has/have] an attribute neither of the things [has/have] an attribute both of the things [has/have] an ...
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“There are” or “there is”? [duplicate]

"There are Mary and Nat" "There's Mary and Nat" Which sentence is correct and why? Thanks in advance!
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Verb form after “and” — is there a rule? [closed]

Questions: In the examples below, is there a rule that says which verb form must come after an “and”? Should a comma appear before “and” in example 2B? Why or why not? I can’t locate a rule ...
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Verb agreement with percentages [duplicate]

Recently I've come across this sentence in Keynote Advanced: Over 50 per cent of our materials come / comes from local suppliers. The answer provided in the teacher's book is comes. I've checked ...
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Cocktail of chemical compounds robustly promoting cell reprogramming protects liver against acute injury [duplicate]

I would like to edit this journal article title to make it sound better Which one is the best option? Cocktail of chemical compounds which robustly promotes cell reprogramming protects liver against ...
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“as befits” or “as befit”

Consider these sentences, please: He writes beautifully, as befits a poet. She was buried in the cathedral, as befits someone of her position. As befits a Quaker, he was a humane man. These are ...
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Objective vs subjective case

They came for her and me They came for her and i Which one is correct according to grammar?
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Is the following usage of the verb “be” correct? Why do people keep telling me it's wrong? [duplicate]

There is a plethora of other examples of blatant mistreatment which I'll gladly share with anyone who cares enough to listen. Should I use the plural instead? There are a plethora of other examples ...
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Should I use 'is' or 'are' in ambiguous sentences like this one? [duplicate]

I understand that you should use 'is' for singular and 'are' for plural, but in this sentence I am not sure which applies. Take the sentence Bees are an important part of our ecosystem. Let's say I ...
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There as grammatical subject

Shouldn’t grammatical subject ‘there’ always have a singular verb because a grammatical subject agrees to verb? For example, ‘there is two pens in the desk’
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No more than 3 is allowed or are allowed?

I am wondering which is correct, is or are? Also 2 is allowed or are allowed?
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How to choose between singular/plural verb in multiple sentences

From my personal standpoint; following trends, trying to understand even little bits of what’s happening around you and the world, reaching out to people, putting yourself in their shoes is crucial in ...
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A large percentage is or are [duplicate]

I found this sentence in a book: A large percentage of the population smokes too much. The author treated the phrase 'a large percentage of' as singular. I am so confused with the use of verbs after ...
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Plural use of Necklace

Why does the last line in the short story The Necklace treat necklace as plural? Mine were false. They were not worth over five hundred francs! But the translation by Jonathan Sturges reads: ...my ...
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On verb/subject agreement in an inverted sentence

I would like to know general grammatical rules on verb-subject agreement in inverted sentences like the following one: At stake is much more than just the fortunes of the president. Although much ...
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Are there English toponyms that are pluralia tantum? [closed]

There are toponyms that are pluralia tantum in a few languages. What come off top of my mind are Mediterranean cities in classical languages, such as Athenae and Pompeii. A modern example I can come ...
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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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Is there a linguistic reason why we sometimes use a singular pronoun and verb even when it refers to a plural subject? [duplicate]

Here is the exact quote from Why is a Red Herring Red? by Mitchell Symons (2020): Consequently, when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first.
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What are the subject and verb pairs in the sentence given

"New York once had two competing political parties, which provided checks on extreme populist ideas." Per my conclusion i happened to identify the following pairs: S1:New York, V1:had ; S2: ...
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Subject verb agreement in case of sentences having “along with” [duplicate]

In my text, for the question, The dog along with his master ___ for a walk., the answer is marked as "are going" And for another question, The dog, along with his master, ______ for a walk., ...
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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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Should the pronoun “you” always take a plural verb? [duplicate]

I'm writing a song, and I'd like to know if the pronoun "you" should always take a plural form. I wrote these two lines: It's You who never lies It's You who purifies I think it sounds wrong ...
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Subject-Verb Agreement - Has or have?

Dear users of StackExchange I came across this sentence which can be seen below: "Finding quiet places have become very difficult in today’s noisy society." I found the sentence on a website ...
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Is this identified as plural or singular? [duplicate]

"The set of mental processes" is/are ? Thanks.
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Singular/Plural forms for is/are [duplicate]

All that is needed are angle brackets. All that are needed is angle brackets. For some reason the first sounds better to my ears. Any help on why (or how I am wrong) is appreciated.
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Why we don't add “s” to the verb in this sentence? [duplicate]

I came across this question in one of the English standardize tests in my country: It is required that the new student _____ in an extra English conversation course. enroll enrolled will enroll would ...
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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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Is the possessive “its” or “their” after “all of the country's states and territories”?

Which statement is correct? All of the country's states and territories imposed travel restrictions on its residents. All of the country's states and territories imposed travel restrictions on their ...
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Use of is/are in a sentence with list

Her compassion and devotion is/are second to none. I'm guessing "is" since "Her" is singular? "Are" just sounds better.
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Why the phrase “That this House do now adjourn” contains “do” and not “does”?

In the UK parliament and also many other parliaments, there is an adjournment debate. It is a debate on the motion, "That this House do now adjourn." I assume that this is an example of ...
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“Is” or “are” when linking two subjects with different plurality [duplicate]

How should this sentence be written? The crux of the problem is the two trees in the way. The crux of the problem are the two trees in the way. The cruxes of the problem are the two trees in the way. ...
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Subject-verb agreement: bloom/s and grow/s

Is the subject verb agreement in this sentence correct? I hope that your love for each other blooms brighter and your commitment grows stronger with each passing day. How is it different when you say: ...
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Question concerning Subject-Verb Agrement [duplicate]

Please consider the following sentences: He is one of the best players who has played for India. Can I use a singular verb if I am referring to the "one" of many? He is one of the best ...
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Verb agreement with “who” in a question

"They were being rude." She said. I went to ask her, "Who was being rude?" Then I thought to myself, as an English teacher (TEFL), why on earth did I just use the singular when ...
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LESS (noun): “Hundreds of soldiers arrive, but less [of them] remain(s)”

LESS (noun) "a smaller amount or quantity": Hundreds of soldiers arrived, but less of them remained. https://www.wordreference.com/definition/least What would be the correct agreement for ...
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Indicate vs Indicates

My question is whether indicate or indicates should be used in the following sentence: The test ids ARB1 and ARB2 indicate(s) that two different samples were used, rather than representing different ...
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Two gerunds and singular or plural verb?

What are the rules regarding two gerunds that are related to the same noun such as: Taking and filming hikes make me tick or Taking and filming hikes makes me tick Which one is correct?

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