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Questions tagged [verb-agreement]

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

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Use of singular verb with plural noun for one to one mapping?

I think this sentence is incorrect The various plots corresponds to different numerical values of parameters. However, I want to know if there exists a one to one mapping between the parameter value ...
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Is “the first of two [things] is” grammatically correct? [on hold]

As the title states, is the phrase "the first of two [objects] is" grammatically correct? Both [objects] are singular.
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Should the concept of a quantity of objects be considered singular or plural?

My gut says that "Fifteen options is too many" is more correct than "Fifteen options are too many" but I can't articulate why the subject feels like a singular concept. Which is correct?
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Confused about both singular and plural [closed]

Which one is correct: 1) Our initial plan was to retrain all the models on both the training and validation sets once we know... 2) Our initial plan was to retrain all the models on both the ...
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Police Have…vs Police Has [duplicate]

The State Police Have Busted the thief or The state police has busted the thief? According to me, It is Have because police is a group of people. So police is plural noun.
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Confusion in was and were: The diameter length of X,Y,Z was/were 4,5,6 respectively

I am confused with the usage of was vs were in the following sentence: The length of diameter of three plates X, Y, Z was/were 4, 5, 6 respectively. I am not sure which one is correct: was or were. ...
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If you're one of the people who grow/grows up speaking Chinese . .

Is it grow or grows? On one hand, I think it should be grows because it's pertaining to "one," but on the other hand, it might be grow because "people" is closer. I've seen somewhat similar issues ...
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Verbal agreement of “more of + plural noun”

Here Are More Of The Most Amazing Images Of Cars Is the sentence grammatical? Shouldn't it concoord is with the uncountable more (of), instead of its current plural are? According to Microsoft® ...
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Is it correct to say: the cat and the mouse are puppets played by Bobby.? [duplicate]

I don't know if this is correct because "are" is present tense and "played" is past tense.
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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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Subject-Verb Agreement and Do as a substitute verb

I don't understand why does is not used instead of do in the sentence highlighted in the photo below. =>> Audio File 01:09:0
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A minimum of two personnel “are” or “is”?

Which is correct? A minimum of two personnel are required to meet this objective. or A minimum of two personnel is required to meet this objective.
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Is “a flock of birds” always followed by a singular verb?

I wondered that "a flock of birds" is always followed by a singular verb and "flocks of birds" is always followed by a plural verb. Please help me make this confusion crystal clear. Thanks so much!
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What is the verb agreement for “singular subject OR singular subject THAT”?

I have the following sentence, but I'm not sure if the verb should be conjugated as do or does: ... this means moving away from a convoluted collection of Excel spreadsheets or a cumbersome ...
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Plural or singular when referencing a company [duplicate]

Which is correct when using as a title: Who is Microsoft? or Who are Microsoft?
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Syntactical ambiguity in introductory phrase reference: reference to main verb vs. object

Motivated by A, we outline our proposal for B. Does "Motivated" refer to outline or proposal? It seems to me that a reader could infer one of two statements: A motivated us to create this outline, ...
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Why does “there's” work as a contraction for plural items?

While writing recently, I came across a situation where a character said: There's a lot of chandeliers in here. When editing, I realized that I wanted to have the sentence sound more formal, and ...
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The Royal Family live in mansions, or in a mansion.? [closed]

The question was in an English small test. I'm not a native speaker of English and I would like to improve my English. In this test question, we had to fill in the blanks. Either: The Royal family ...
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Is vs Are when subjects are -ing [duplicate]

Original sentence: Even being paid very well, and enjoying great working conditions, is not enough. Should not it be this? Even being paid very well, and enjoying great working conditions, are ...
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Should I use a singular or plural verb in “, which VERB/VERBs”?

I have the following sentence, and I have a question about it. I’m wondering if there’s something so simple that I’m just overlooking it or whether there is some super-sophisticated tenet of grammar ...
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After “some”, plural or singular verb?

In these sentences: "Some (composes/compose) delightful music" "Some of them (write/writes) wonderful books" Which form of the verb should I use?
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Noun1 + Noun2 take/s a plural verb?

I recently attended a grammar class, where the trainer explained: A singular noun and a singular noun take a plural verb. However, I feel it should have been A singular noun and a singular noun ...
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Does she have/has to go to school? [closed]

Should I use "have" or "has" in this question? Does she have to go to school? or Does she has to go to school? If I should use "have", then what is the rule which makes me not use "has" here?...
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Present tense in reported past

My friend said" Your child is beautiful". Can I report this statement as 'My friend told me that my child is beautiful' or '.... my child was beautiful' for the sake of grammer rule ?
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Subject Verb Agreement in a Nominative Clause

Okay, so I have two examples of a possible sentence: 1 - "The country's strategic value requires that it maintain a standing army." 2 - "The country's strategic value requires that it maintains a ...
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X, along with Y and others, “were” or “was”? [duplicate]

There is an earlier exchange on this, but one that does not include "and others" and that uses only the verb "to be." My question: What if it were "Joan, along with Jake and others" and the verb were ...
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“Memoirs” in book title - singular or plural verb?

I'm editing an article about the Battle of Agincourt. The author quotes his source as follows: The Memoires de Pierre de Fenin place the battle "between Maisoncelles and Agincourt". "Memoires" [...
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Subject-verb agreement with more than one gerund in the subject

I have seen a discussion of double gerunds and subject-verb agreement, but not addressing the following specific situtation: "Reading and studying history HAS or HAVE been formative...": two gerunds ...
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Using *plural* allow(s) me to [duplicate]

I can not figure out what the correct usage of allow/allows is in this case. Using plural allow(s) me to... Would "allow(s)" refer back to the plural and thus be "allow"? or does it refer back to ...
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Is “any of them” used with a singular or plural verb? [closed]

I'm posting this question to settle a debate. Is the sentence, "If there are three of an unparalleled thing, is any of them truly unparalleled?" correct? The sentence throws me off because the first ...
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Is this verb agreement right?

The design of the green and blue tiles on the wall remind people of the sea, while the curved window frames were inspired by ocean waves. I can’t understand the form of verb remind. I thought it ...
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Verb agreement with a phrase set off by “but”

A coworker is writing a sentence like Sally, but especially Joe, enjoys questions about grammar and usage. He thinks it should be Sally, but especially Joe, enjoy questions about grammar and ...
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“More than one person a day is/are killed” [duplicate]

If I wrote a sentence saying "More than one person a day _______ killed by these massacres," would the blank be replaced by is or are?
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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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Is “what has been discussed are…” a grammatically correct sentence?

When concluding an essay, I wrote "what has been discussed are three major advantages of xxx". But I doubt if "what has been discussed is three major advantages of xxx" is more correct?
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“Neither of us are” -vs- “Neither one of us is” [duplicate]

This cartoon was recently posted on Facebook. My sister (who is a retired HS English teacher) says the grammar is wrong and that the correct wording should be: "Neither one of us is." but I disagree. ...
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Singular entity, plural name/nickname — verb form?

In writing about the National Archives, I got to wondering about subject-verb agreement. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA, often called simply The National Archives) is one ...
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Which one is correct? “Vaccinating children has become…” or “Vaccinating children have become…” [duplicate]

I have a doubt about the following sentence. "Vaccinating children has become increasingly popular these days." According to my understanding children is plural so, this sentence suppose to be like ...
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Is “any of (plural noun)” used with a singular or plural verb? [duplicate]

Does one say, "If any of my grandchildren does not attain the age of eighteen..." or does one say, "If any of my grandchildren do not attain the age of eighteen..." The second phrase seems to imply ...
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Why is the verb form “releases” used in this long sentence?

An LED needs to be a diode, specifically because the way the charge carriers recombine in the forward-biased diode junction releases the correct amount of energy to create photons in the visible ...
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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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Counting nouns using “slew” and the grammatical implications

Just having a lively debate with a content writer over whether we should say There are a slew of reasons... or There is a slew of reasons... Read this article which suggests that different ...
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How do I identify subjects when quantities are involved?

I'm working my way through The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation, and I came across a difficulty. In one of the quizzes, the book asks you to identify the subjects and verbs in sentences, and ...
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Has or have in this sentence?

The two leadership styles combined have a demonstrable effect on team effectiveness or The two leadership styles combined has a demonstrable effect on team effectiveness
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Should “is” or “are” be used in this sentence? [duplicate]

"One example I can think of is the expiration labels on food." It seems like you should say "is" because "example" is a singular noun, but the sentence sounds weird to me for some reason. Maybe "the" ...
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David’s friendly demeanour, brilliant sense of humour and warmth, “make” or “makes” you feel right at home. [duplicate]

Should I use make or makes in the following sentence? David’s friendly demeanour, brilliant sense of humour and warmth, make you feel right at home. I say make, but my friend says makes.
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Can you start a sentence with “her”? [closed]

Can someone please answer this burning question? Is the following sentence correct? Her and her voice were truly a gift.
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“He would have done anything you [would ask/would have asked/had asked] him to”

I want to say "He'll do anything you ask him to" but in the past tense, as that was the case 10 years ago, but he's not like that anymore. Which of the following should I use? He would have done ...
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List + 'much more are' or 'much more is' - what is correct

I have the following question: If a list of items is followed by 'and much more', should the following verb be singular or plural? E.g. "over a hundred hours of gameplay, exciting quests, mysterious ...
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Subject and Verb Agreement - When to use Singular / Plural [duplicate]

I see below suggestion in Grammarly on Subject and Verb Agreement. "The verb needs does not seem to agree with the subject that. Consider changing the verb form." And they give below examples on ...