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

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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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Why is the subject here “have” instead of has

I was reading this article online when I came across this sentence. But its emergence has now killed far more people than just Mr. Floyd and have put many American cities under a de facto fourth ...
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depends or depend

The following sentence appears in The Economist (May 30th, 2020), page 61, "More money, more problems". I am confused by the use of depends rather than depend here. Isn't the subject here plural? ...
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What is the subject in the sentence [closed]

What is the subject in the sentence," My shoes have been repaired."
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Three is/are enough?

Should I use a singular or plural verb? I got another dog because apparently three IS not enough. Or I got another dog because apparently three ARE not enough.
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"Even when pets is not my thing…" Is this grammatical?

My friend just posted a picture with a soft toy and captioned it: "Even when pets is not my thing, you can always pose with soft toys!" I want to know if that sentence is grammatically correct. I ...
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Should the main verb be singular or plural when there is a singular subject and a plural subject?

"The ways in which information is presented by the media shape how we view our world." Or should it be as follows? "The ways in which information is presented by the media shapes how we view our ...
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"These children were abducted by a member of their own family." vs. "These children were abducted by members of their own families."

I'm having trouble figuring out which sentence is the most acceptable. The subject and object are both plural, but it sounds more natural using a singular object. Also, I can't figure out if the ...
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Plural Usage when describing a particular feature of a large collection of objects

In each group, which sentence(s) is(are) correct? Group 1: (1) She found the size of their brain had decreased. (2) She found the size of their brains had decreased. Group 2: (1) Miranda focused on ...
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Noun phrase involving "of", plural or singular

I feel that the singular form should be correct, but I'm not sure: "The thickness of papers IS .." "The thickness of papers ARE .." By the way, will it change the result, if we use another noun ...
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Should "play" or "plays" be used in this context? [closed]

Every fairy in my home village weeps for weeks in deep sorrow every time one of you meanies plays these butchered versions of Ocarina of Time. Or: Every fairy in my home village weeps for weeks in ...
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This with this are here or this with this is here?

Which is correct? “The network with the servers are given to you.” or “The network with the servers is given to you.”
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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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"the performance of A, B, and C *is* studied" vs "... *are* studied"?

I generally pride myself on having the solutions to grammar questions like this one, but I can't figure out what is right. I am writing a sentence about evaluating three different options for some ...
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The use of which verb is correct?

"3 generations of stupidity is enough." OR "3 generations of stupidity are enough."? P.S. in the book Grammar in Use (advanced) the author suggests that when the complement is a singular noun phrase (...
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Every one verb agreement!

How is try and why and what I can read to improve my understanding? I write wrong the sentence - Every one of the clerks [were] given an increase in salary. Now I know what try is the word [was] in ...
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Plural subject vs. Singular question

If the question "Dear school teachers, are you a good student?" correct? I have addressed teachers as plural, whereas the question
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Subject-verb agreement while talking about percent [duplicate]

Which one of the following two sentences is the correct sentence? "20% of the participants believe that the world is flat." "20% of the participants believes that the world is flat." What ...
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confusion in the sentence use of have and has in plural and singular case [duplicate]

Please consider this sentence: With the emergence of new technologies and their capabilities, variabilities, and time computation has/have given a tremendous breakthrough to the field of electrical ...
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Should I use plural or singular with "or"? [duplicate]

Which of these sentences are correct? 1. The songs or the title of the playlist was updated. 2. The songs or the title of the playlist were updated. 3. the title or the songs of the playlist was ...
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Hours spent in something takes a singular or plural verb?

For example ''Hours spent in online multiplayer gaming per week'' is it takes are or is?
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Singular or plural of 'type' [duplicate]

I have the following two sentences: In Germany, the most common type are air-water heat pumps, followed by brine-water heat pumps. In this thesis three type(s) of optimization approaches are ...
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plural subject with uncountable noun "impetus"

"Free education and health care are among the other impetus". Here the subject is plural, and I want to use it with impetus. However, impetus is uncountable. What is the correct form of that sentence?...
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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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“is” vs. “are” in a question involving a collective noun [duplicate]

Is it “What tools is your team using for collaboration?” or “What tools are your team using for collaboration?”? My normal tactic would be to rephrase the question as a statement and consider “Your ...
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Is "each" singular or plural?

You goes with are. Does the presence of each change this? How satisfied are each of you with the time you've spent in your respective universities. How satisfied is each of you with the time you've ...
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Why can't we use "make" in this sentence?

How to cope when the news makes you feel depressed... I found this sentence online but I am curious why we cannot use "make" here? Why is it makes when news is plural?
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Plural or singular: "The socks in these pictures [are/is] the left one, before and after it was cleaned." Is the correct conjugation "are" or "is"? [duplicate]

"The socks in question [are or is] the left one, before and after it was cleaned." Is the correct conjugation "are" or "is"? In the above sentence (and this one), a pair of socks is expected, but it ...
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Verb/Subject Agreement should it be make or makes?

Mixing the ingredients and baking the dough make/makes a cookie. Neither one triggers the MS word spelling and grammar. Also if someone could explain which answer to this is correct Verb/Subject ...
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Which has the correct usage? [duplicate]

"You, my peer, who know no more than I" or "You, my peer, who knows no more than I" I am leaning toward the first one, but the second one sounds more natural. Which one should I choose?
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Are Subjects Joined by And Singular or Plural?

Fresh air and peace of mind are on the cards. are we supposed to use "is" here or "are". could anyone tell me about the usage, please?
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Is it correct to use "a news" in the given statement?

We generally don't use "a" or "an" before the word "news". However, I have suspicions about the following sentence. Is it correct to say "What sad news for us" or do we need to use an "a" and say it ...
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Verb/subject agreement "Irregularities with nutritional status has/have" [closed]

I am having some trouble with the sentence: "Irregularities with nutritional status has been recognised as dangerous." According to https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/grammar/...
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Why is the verb for "pretexts ... and necessity ... was exposed" used in the singular in this quotation? [closed]

In the following context, a quote from The Three Musketeers, shouldn’t it be were exposed? The pretexts about the cold and the necessity for the cloak was exposed. Or is was here referring just ...
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Subject-Verb Agreement + Prepositional Phrase Argument

Having an argument with my SO. Participant 1 believes this is the correct way to structure the sentence: I'm learning how to do things in a way that serves me. Participant 1 thinks that the ...
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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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Singular or Plural in conjunction with OR condition that could include one or more objects [duplicate]

Which one is accurate? ...when one or two individuals do not have [an ID] or [IDs] another example: ...this is the case when one or two students [are] or [is] missing Theoretically, if one ...
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Is "most everyone" singular or plural?

Everyone is always singular. Most can be either singular or plural depending on the subject which it describes. Most of everyone, for example, would be singular since everyone is still the subject. ...
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Subject and verb agreement expressed in two ways

Based on an earlier question which was deemed a duplicate, I'm submitting a differently worded question which I'm certain has not been asked before. The following two sentences, in my opinion, say ...
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Plural or singular verb when plural subject is separated by an "and"? [duplicate]

A similar question is here, in which a comma is used in place of a conjunction like and. I came across the following quotation of C. S. Lewis which reads, “What you see and what you hear depends ...
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Subject verb for causes/cause

Kindly let me know which one is correct and why ? A diet high in oil causes more obesity than diet high in sugar. OR A diet high in oil cause more obesity than diet high in sugar.
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When to use "I" + is

Once I saw this sentence in the movie that: I is in charge of the classroom ! Why after "I" did they use is ? Is that a metaphor ? I want to explain my students but could not.
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Subject Verb Agreement

In the email I received from IELTS notifying my results, I think the subject 'results' is not agreeing with the verb 'is' here. Can you please tell me if my understanding is correct. The text I ...
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Why don't X and Y make a plural subject in "There is X and Y? [duplicate]

Subjects usually agree with verbs and series of nouns usually make a plural subject as far as I know. Thus in sentences like "A book, two pencils and a pen are lying on the table." we use are and not ...
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Subject Verb Agreement: “His devotion, passion, and commitment to the work he provides inspire(s)...”

Should the verb be singular, "inspire," or plural, "inspires." I am having trouble determining if the subject is "His," singular, or "Devotion, passion, and commitment," plural. Here is the following ...
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Used to or would?

Is it better to say "I would always lose when I played chess with my father" or "I used to always lose when I played chess with my father" ? Please justify your choice! Thank you in advance.
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