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

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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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How to fix this ungrammatical sentence?

I observed the following sentence in a multiple choice questionnaire. Which of the following statement is wrong? The context is that one and only one following statement is wrong. The sentence ...
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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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“that's enough sticks” or “those are enough sticks”? Which one is right? Why? [duplicate]

From S1E35 of Peppa Pig, "Camping": "That's enough sticks" or "Those are enough sticks"? Which one is right? Why?
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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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Should we use singular or plural after questions asking “Which among the following …”? [migrated]

Should I use singular or plural after a question starting with Which among the following? For example, should it be version #1 or version #2 below? Which among the following statements are ...? ...
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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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Is the sentence “for feedbacks given by ourself, there need to be measurable goals” grammatically correct?

I would like the convey the message that feedbacks given by ourselves as individuals (ourself) need to have measurable goals. Is the usage of 'ourself' correct? Is the verb 'need' agreeing with the ...
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Plural or singular subject-verb agreement [duplicate]

My question is in regards to the sentence below: Take advantage of free editing tools like Grammarly, which helps pinpoint small typos, or Hemmingway App, which shows you how to increase readability. ...
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Subject verb agreement query

Is the following sentence correct? 'They are a couple.' 'A' makes 'couple' singular in this sentence (although 'couple'is already a singular noun) so how can we use 'they' and 'are' for 'couple' as it ...
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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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“Bike Factory” or “Bikes Factory” title is more usual? [duplicate]

In Lithuanian language we usually say in plural "Bikes Factory". But I have checked by Google results count that there it is more usual in English to use the title "Bike Factory" ...
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Agreement between subject and verb in a number of / the number of [duplicate]

3 sentences:- A number of such incidents has/have been reported by the local residents so far. The number of such incidents is/are very low. The number of elephants in Kerala has/have been dwindling. ...
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“[Singular noun], and in particular [plural noun], is/are”

I have a sentence following the template above, and I am not sure what is the right verbal form to follow. A specific example could be: Academia, and in particular professors, [is/are] more concerned ...
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Can the word “fruit” be used as an invariant plural as in “the fruit are” and “two fruit”? [duplicate]

Background: Over here on this forum for English speakers learning Chinese, there is debate on which ones among the following are correct English: the fruit is the fruits are the fruit are *? Other ...
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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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Whose misadventured piteous overthrows doth . .

The following is taken from the prologue of Romeo and Juliet. I'd like to know why the plural noun overthrows takes the third-person singular auxiliary doth. From forth the fatal loins of these two ...
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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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Neither nor where there are multiple subjects and articles

Which is correct: "Neither Frank nor Germaine spoke French or German" or "Neither Frank nor Germaine spoke French nor German"? The idea we are trying to get across is that Frank ...
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“A variety of” : verbal agreement

A plural verb is needed after a/an (large, wide, etc.) variety of… A variety of reasons were given. You can use a singular or a plural verb before it: There is/are a wide variety of patterns to ...
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Verb at the beginning of a sentence

Can we use “verb s/es” at the beginning of a sentence? For example: “It looks good” becomes “looks good” or “goes into the room, he looks shocked” or maybe if you have more examples that can enlighten ...
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Subject -verb agreement OR [duplicate]

"One need look no further.." Shouldn't it be "One needs look no further.."-
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Comparison (using Ellipsis)

I am trying to figure out when do we need to use an action verb explicitly and when can we omit it using the (ellipsis concept). For Example: John is taller than Jim [is] (I understood that here is ...
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“Series”: a noun of multitude similar to “lot”

According to Garner's fourth edition Though serving as a plural when the need arises, series is ordinarily a singular noun. But it is also a noun of multitude, so that phrases such as a series of ...
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“Almost none” + plural verb

When none is modified by almost it is difficult to avoid treating the word as a plural: Almost none of the officials were interviewed by the committee. https://ahdictionary.com/word/search.html?q=none ...
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My cards associated with the bank account

My cards associated with this bank account include a debit card, a credit card, etc. My cards which are associated with this bank account include a debit card, a credit card, etc. My cards which are ...
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Is “There were a large number…” or “There was a large number…” correct? [duplicate]

Is the sentence "There was a large number of students in the auditorium," or "There were a large number of students in the auditorium," correct? I am unsure because I believe if ...
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Singular vs. plural for a noun that is associated to a plural number of another noun

Our team has prepared five technical reports that we are going to present to a review committee tomorrow. Each report is very long (about 20 pages). I want to communicate to my colleagues that we ...
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Dropping a first person subject pronoun in a conditional sentence

Is it possible to drop the 'I' before the verb in a sentence where the object comes before the verb? A few examples are: If my journey (I) restart, then I do waste my time. If my folders (I) delete, ...
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Subject verb agreement when the word “in” seperates a subject

If a I have a sentence that reads: The words in context ___ on page 8 If I am choosing between is and are, which would go in the blank and why?
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Correct usage of 'majority' in a sentence

Did I have them all grammatically correct? Please correct me if I'm wrong in any of these cases: The majority of our population are Buddhists. The majority of our population belongs to Buddhists. The ...
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Are there plural forms with “is”? [duplicate]

When I type "Students is the type of people you are looking for". Instead of "type of people", it may be something like: "somewhat", "the way to go", etc.. I ...
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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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many a: distributive idiom

According to Garner's fourth edition, there is many a person is the correct verbal agreement because many a is a distributive rather than aggregate idiom. What does the author refer to by the ...
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Verb agreement when singular subject and plural predicative expression

Which of the following sentences are correct? Effective algorithms for concurrent programming is the main subject of of investigation in this note. Effective algorithms for concurrent programming ...

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