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

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was v. were with plural subjects that sound singular

What is correct: A man and his cars were serious business. OR A man and his cars was serious business. What is correct: John's car, bodyguards, and wife's legs were enough to cool the bear. OR ...
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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 'kindled the curious researcher' in me correct?

Kindled is usually used along with 'fire' or 'love'. So would it be 'kindled the curiosity in me?' Or 'kindled the curious researcher in me'?
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Is “any of them” used with a singular or plural verb? [on hold]

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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“Agree to” vs “Have agreed to”

When I read a BBC news article, I found a question about the reason why they use "have agreed to" instead of "agreed to". See the following sentence. bbc.com, "Koreas to remove guns and guard posts ...
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Have vs. Has—which verb to use?

Is it correct to use have instead of has in the sentence below: Scylla for Windows and Android phones have limited functionality.
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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”

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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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 ...
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Does “fruit” get singular or plural verb form?

Which one is correct? There are no low-hanging fruit. Or There is no low-hanging fruit. Or are both correct? If both are correct, is one of them more preferable?
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Is it correct to say “the truth is” when the rest of the sentence is in the past?

Is it correct to say: The truth is, he was a great explorer. Or do I have to say: The truth was, he was a great explorer. Or are both okay?
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In my house, “there were” or “there was” many toys

Which of the following is correct and why: 1) In my house, there were many toys. 2) In my house, there was many toys. An answer with an explanation would be greatly appreciated.
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one or more verb agreement [duplicate]

Sentence: A recent review of our records indicates that one or more of your dependents does/do not have a valid birthday on file This is actually for a business letter and we have conflicting ...
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What is the structure in the sentence: “The reason scientists believe that…”

I have this sentence from one of my IELTS books: One of the reasons scientists think that there is a link between stress and cancer is the idea that there may be a cancer-prone personality At ...
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Which still wants vs which still want [duplicate]

Which one is correct? 1) Pick those pieces of your heart which still wants to be happy , or 2) Pick those pieces of your heart which still want to be happy.
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Mass Noun em-dash List-of-Plurals em-dash Verb

Is it just me, or? All of the content you see on Stack Exchange—all the questions, answers, edits, reviews, users, badges, tags, and more—is stored in a relational database. Seems technically ...
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“It weren't me” as used in movies depicting 19th century lower class persons in England [duplicate]

I have noticed the use of the phrases, "It weren't me" and "I weren't there" in some movies I have seen recently. The characters speaking are always very poor, lower working class people in England ...
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British English plural verb for group noun in a contraction

I'm curious about the use of the famous British plural verb form with a group noun¹ in a contraction. The general custom for the plural is discussed here and here but those don't call out contractions....
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“There is” vs. “there are” in informal situations [duplicate]

I was wondering whether it's considered okay to use “there is” with plural nouns in informal situations. I know that the correct form with a plural noun would be “there are,” but I'm not sure whether ...
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should I say 'a group of friends who lives close by' or 'a group of friends who live close by' [duplicate]

I'm attempting to design a worksheet for TEFL students. Here's one of the questions: 4) Your friend Tina who lives close by comes to visit you today. You want to ask her what she was doing when it ...
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(English Grammar ) reason why my answer is wrong why it is not has been visiting , why is answer is have been visited [closed]

Actual question : Since 2011 they _____ their son every year. (to visit) ? My answer : Since 2011 they has been visting their son every year Correct is: Since 2011 they have visited ...
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“5 votes {was/were} chosen to be the number of close votes needed…”: Which is correct?

"5 votes was chosen to be the number of close votes needed to close a question on Stack Exchange." Grammarly says that I should change "was" to "were," but it doesn't sound right to me. What's the ...
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What does it mean when a plural verb is sometimes used with a singular country-name as the subject? [duplicate]

I read a statement in this Facebook post: Belgium make a statement with a clinical win My question is why is it Belgium make in the plural, not Belgium makes in the singular? Wouldn’t you say ...
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Singular or plural verb after multiple -ing verbs? [duplicate]

Answering and editing give you reputation. Answering and editing gives you reputation. Should I use a singular or plural verb?
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The reason… is you? [closed]

In Hoobastank's The Reason, a lyric is And the Reason is you... Is that sentence (grammatically) correct? I'm asking because, you know... You are the reason. Specifically, should "is" in the ...
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Plural verb used with singular subject

Today I was reading a programming book and I encountered the following sentence (emphases mine): In this case, for example, the type that all three compilers report for param are incorrect. I'm ...
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A team of researcher and research team gives/give the same meaning [duplicate]

Please help me out with this statement. A team of researchers and research team gives/give the same meaning. Which verb from should I use here (gives/give)? Thanks, Prudhvi
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Should I consider “Hectare” as singular or plural?

Every year some 13 million hectares of rain forest, an area about the size of England, disappears. In this context, should I use disappear or disappears? But I might see some sentences which ...
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Numerical agreement with “Many a” [duplicate]

Does 'many a' take a singular pronoun or a plural one? Many a is followed by a singular noun. So also does it follow a singular pronoun?
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“Attached {is/are} the agenda and the minutes.” Is “is” correct here? [duplicate]

Is "is" used correctly in the following sentence? Attached is the agenda and the minutes for the next board meeting.
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“What {is/are} the meaning and connotations of this phrase?” Which is correct here, “is” or “are”? [duplicate]

Consider the question: What is/are the meaning and connotations of this phrase? Clearly you would say: What is the meaning of this phrase? What are connotations of this phrase? and ...
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Which one is correct? is/are presented

• A comprehensive task taxonomy and failure classification is presented. • A comprehensive task taxonomy and failure classification are presented.
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Can you put the article ‘a’ after the verb ‘are’? [duplicate]

So, I just read an article, and was confused by the sentence: In the study we just described, we found evidence that people’s self-discerning reflections — musings on whether parts of their ...