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

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Why do we use plural form of the verb with "does" (e.g. it does not vary)? [closed]

In academic writing, one often has to use do vary, do not vary, does vary, and does not vary. Although this should have been ingrained in my brain, I stumble every time I try to write either of the ...
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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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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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"that" after A of B structure [duplicate]

Which of the following is correct? I came across this sentence when reading the NY Mag; the writer produced sentence A. A: It’s also a real biological feature, a specialized bundle of cells that ...
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Can ‘pants’, ‘glasses’, ‘scissors’, et similar in the sense of “a pair of [..]” take singular-number verbs? Why or why not?, Which ones / Which not?

‘pants’, ‘glasses’, ‘scissors’, {et similar}, in the sense of “a pair of [..]”: singular or plural? I always slow myself to use the singular, since the usage is referring to it as one singular unit. I....
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With regards to a group, when do we relate to the group (singular) and when should we relate to the members of the group (plural)

Here is an example in the Cambridge English Dictionary. A string quartet was playing Mozart. Is this correct? or should it be "A string quartet were playing Mozart. Is a quartet an "it&...
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Subject–verb agreement with neither and nor [duplicate]

When using neither and nor in a sentence, how do you deal with subject–verb agreement? For example, which one of this pair is the more acceptable of the two? Neither German nor English show ...
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Is "-eth" (as in the verb "buildeth") always the singular? Is this inscription at Hoover Dam a mistake?

I was kind of surprised to find that one of the inscriptions on one of the towers at the Hoover Dam has what I thought was a typo, but I want to know if I'm in the wrong because I can't find anything ...
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What is the number of the verb in "We require that"? [duplicate]

I am writing a paper in which I need an object to satisfy a condition. (I can give the specifics here, but it seems to be irrelevant to the question.) The object is singular, so I originally wrote (...
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Plural in connection with an "and" and "a mess": "This pull request and merge is a mess" [duplicate]

I wonder if the sentence "This pull request and merge is a mess" has a correct grammar. "pull request and merge" are two words so the verb should possibly be in plural for "...
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Verb agreement when using To Infinitive after ordinal numbers as subject

I know that after ordinal numbers (the first, the second etc.) we can use to-infinitive clause. E.g: Ethan was the last person to understand the joke. My questions is when the above construction ...
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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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"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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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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