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

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Subject verb agreement with and [migrated]

Are the sentences below correct? The average temperature peaks at 25 degrees in London and 30 degrees in New York. The average temperature in both cities drops between July and September. I’m ...
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Why use 'has' when the word before it is plural noun? [closed]

I have an English book, in which there is a sentence that confuses me. The sentence is In the past years, the business of clothes has grown well. I'm confused because why the author use the word '...
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The future as reported in the past

Is (1) correct, or must it be written as (2)? John told me yesterday that this contract will not be renewed when it ends next month. John told me yesterday that this contract would not be ...
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"The number of residents has grown" vs. "the number of residents have grown" [duplicate]

The number of residents has grown. 2. The number of residents have grown. Which of the above sentences is grammatical? Since has should stick with singular nouns and have with plural ones, I guess (2)...
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Should I use the plural or singular verbs for the biological classification of orders, families, tribes, genera etc.?

Some examples from Wikipedia: The hydrangea is a genus... The Heliantheae (sometimes called the sunflower tribe) are the third-largest tribe in the sunflower family (Asteraceae). The family ...
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When citing a publication with more than one author as subject of a sentence, are verbs plural or singular? [closed]

Which is correct in this sentence: "enumerate" or "enumerates"? Jacobs and Watanabe (1966) enumerate(s) possibilities that cause change in phase path length, including change in ...
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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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Verb plural or singular after subjects connected using "and" [duplicate]

Should I use "is increasing" or "are increasing" in this sentence: Second, the frequency of attacks and number of deaths is increasing. The original post uses "is". Is ...
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Trying to explain grammatical error in fragmented compound sentence [closed]

It was a turning point that led us to discover the unique opportunity to apply the technology to aerospace, and the company rebranded as *****. Could somebody possibly help me explain what is wrong ...
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“What are” or “What is” in a quiz?

I want to ask a typical quiz question for children. In a park, there are 10 bird boxes attached to several trees. The answer in this particular case is plural: bird boxes. Which question is correct? ...
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Plural/singular verb agreement with units

When writing about specific quantities, should the verb reflect a singular or a plural value? Do abbreviations vs. spelled-out words make any difference? I took 2 ml of water, which was/were then ...
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"Three spoonfuls of sugar" does this require the verb to be plural? [duplicate]

Which of these is correct? Three spoonfuls of sugar is too much. or Three spoonfuls of sugar are too much. I feel like the second could be correct, because there are more than one spoon. But on second ...
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There are/is a bottle and a plate in the kitchen? [duplicate]

Which one of these sentences is grammatically correct? Question is not about compound subjects, it is about a singular and plural subject joined by 'and'. There are a bottle and a plate in the ...
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When one person has two titles, is the verb plural or singular? [duplicate]

In a small dictatorship, the boss might hold a title like "The President and the Leader for Life." Would the following sentence take singular or plural verb? The President and Leader for ...
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Is this grammatically correct - "The fibre in cereal help us feel fuller" [duplicate]

There's a disagreement going down on this subreddit thread as to whether the sentence is grammatically correct. It's taken from a cereal ad: The argument is: "The fibre in Sultana Bran help us ...
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Does putting an "and" between two verbs alter qualifying clauses?

In the following .. does the 'date clause' apply to one, the other, or both imperatives. "To confirm your miles balance, just purchase and fly with "airline" or the Partner Airlines to any ...
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Less than two, Plural or Singular

There is/are less than two samples. (Discrete space) (It is clear that for numbers like 3 or 4 the right word is "are" as we could have multiple samples, but using 2 we could only have ...
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Is it "5–6 weeks are a lot of time" or "5–6 weeks is a lot of time"?

I was just copyediting somebody's answer on another SE site and my native English speaker Sprachgefühl told me I had to correct the grammar of one sentence: ... 5–6 weeks are a lot of time ... by ...
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"There are no comments" vs. "There is no comment"

Which is correct? There are no comments. There is no comment. Which would you use for a web application, i.e. what to display when a blog post or an article has no comment attached? Actually, ...
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"There are fish of every hue." For different kinds of fish, should fish be in plural form here?

In the Caribbean waters, there are fish of every hue. Since one is talking about different kinds of fish, should fish be in marked plural form (fishes) here?
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Subject-verb agreement with implied subject [duplicate]

tl;dr Which is the appropriate verb in the following sentence? Apparently, 2,000 steps [is/are] hazardous to my sleep. I use a sleep app that calculates a (dubious) sleep quality value and tracks ...
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Is there a term for a construction like "...can and has developed," where the omission ("develop") results in an apparent lack of agreement?

Perhaps I'm just overlooking the explanation in grammar references (and questions on ELU), but I haven't found a discussion of this construction (or its advisability): a verb is omitted after a modal, ...
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Using respectively to define parameters in a math equation: Singluar or plural verb? [duplicate]

There are a lot of questions/discussions about using singular or plural verbs with respectively, and the answer is always a singular verb. Does using a singular verb also apply while defining the ...
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Which is correct - was or were? [closed]

Consider the following sentence: However, if we were great friends with someone who committed murder or robbed a store, we wouldn’t question whether murder or stealing were bad. Is this correct as ...
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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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Singular or plural verb with "coupled with"

I believe that up-to-date knowledge and experience, coupled with the motivation of young people, are two assets that make their advice more pivotal. In this question I want to say "up-to-date ...
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Possessive apostrophe in this case (company listing designs in a particular range)

If a company called Peter Jones (made up name!) has a range called Peter's Pals on their site and then wants to list the designs like this: Peter's Pals Designs Is this correct? Should it be Peter's ...
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Are collective nouns (and in particular companies) always given a plural verb form, or are certain ones treated as singular?

I'd say Microsoft have a way of bending the rules and I know that McLaren have won the championship. While this sounds strange, I believe it is correct English (sorry, I'm not native). But when it's ...
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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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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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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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Collective nouns and subject-verb agreement: general rule or arbitrary, looking at 'police' specifically?

A newspaper ran this headline recently: (1) Police crack down on IAC protesters. [emph added] Why did it not read: (2) ? Police cracks down on IAC protesters. I have found instances of "police ...
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Why is "the enemy have driven the British and French armies to the sea" grammatically correct?

In Christopher Nolans "Dunkirk" an opening caption appears with the first sentence: "the enemy have driven the British and French armies to the sea" My intuition tells me that it should be "the ...
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How to say "He is my spectacles"? [duplicate]

Assume that I am a blind person and am writing an essay about how my brother allows me to see the world (just like spectacles allow people with poor vision to see the world) through his conversations ...
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Subject-modifier-verb agreement [duplicate]

In the following sentence, is the verb 'have' appropriate? Is it not supposed to be 'has' ? The British council, in partnership with Microsoft philanthropies, have designed a course for young ...
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"Have seen" or "had seen" him recently [duplicate]

In the statement: "We _____ him several times recently. So we recognized him easily." Which will fill the correctly, "have seen" or "had seen"? At first I thought it ...
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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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Why do we use a singular noun which is related to more than one person? [duplicate]

Why isn’t “mobile phone” plural in the following sentence? 70 percent of the population of the world own a mobile phone.
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What do you call this example (I'd describe it as an "implied singular")? [duplicate]

Take this sentence I found: "Too many services enabled on the firewall and switches leave an organization susceptible to compromised security." I think "leaves" is appropriate ...
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Is "data" treated as singular or plural in formal contexts?

My non-native English speaking friend just asked me: "Data is..." or "Data are..."? I said both but that's because I've been desensitized from reading/writing both (especially from writing code and ...
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Should proper nouns be used as singulars or plurals? [duplicate]

My question is about whether proper nouns (used as the subject of a sentence) should be considered as singular or plural. The proper nouns "The United States" and "The Duck Variations&...
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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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Agreement after disjunctive compound subject_"My brother or one of my sisters" — singular or plural?

Should I use 'was' or 'were' in this example? I was always delighted when my brother or one of my sisters was/were asked to do them.
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Difference between "with a view to giving..." and "with a view to give..." [closed]

Which one of the following is correct? And why? He teaches his students with a view to giving the light of education He teaches his students with a view to give the light of education Edit: Added ...
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Controversy over verb choice in "neither you nor I {is/am/are} in control"

I was watching the film A Game of Shadows starring Robert Downey Junior and Jude Law when this line came up, "...neither you nor I is in control..." (I can’t remember the exact words that ended the ...
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A number of philosophers believes [duplicate]

'A number of philosophers believe' sounds right to me. Not only because philosophers is plural, but also number, while singular, has a plural meaning. Also having the s - s ending in 'philosophers ...
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Is "99.9% of the X community is degenerate" grammatical? [duplicate]

In all honesty, this is a bit of a dumb question. So I recently had a conversation about a video game and my friend said "99.9% of the League community is degenerate." I told him that it's ...
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Do I use "is" or "are" in these situations? [duplicate]

Suppose I want to describe "work" or types of work on a school.  Do I use "is" or "are" in these situations? The proposed renovation and rehabilitation of the school is ...
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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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Using a verb twice to describe a chain of action

Is the following sentence grammatically correct: Cats bother dogs bother ducks. I want to say that cats bother dogs and, also, that dogs bother ducks. Is this a correct way to do so? If it is, ...

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