2. If two or more individual names or pronouns are bound by or even, use a singular verb. A clause that begins with whom, the one or the others, and the coming between the subject and the verb, can cause insequements. Sugar is unspeakable; Therefore, the sentence has a singular verb. Note: The word dollar is a special case. When we talk about a money supply, we need a singular verb, but if we refer to the dollars themselves, a plural verb is necessary. 4. For compound subjects bound by or/nor, the verb corresponds to the subject that comes close to it. However, the plural verb is used when the focus is on the individuals in the group. It`s much rarer. Key: subject – yellow, bold; verb – green, emphasize The rules of agreement apply however to the following helping verbs when used with a main verb: is-are, was-were, has-have, do-do-do. In informal writing, neither take a plural verb, so these pronouns are followed by a prepositionphrase that begins with.
This is especially true for interrogation constructions: “Did two clowns read the mission?” “You`re taking this seriously?” Burchfield calls it “a conflict between the fictitious agreement and the actual agreement.” * 7. Names such as citizens, mathematics, dollars, measles and news require singular verbs. 3. Group substitutions can be administered to plural forms to mean two or more units and thus take a plural verb. As in this example, the subject, the book, is singular, the verb must also be singular. Or, and doesn`t work as a carpenter something different from and. While the word and seems the whole ADD, or not. You`re proposing a CHOICE. 12. Use a single verb with each – and much of a singular verb. 3. Look for the subject`s real sentence and choose a verb that matches him.
When used in the plural, group substitutions mean more than one group. Therefore, a plural verb is used. 5. Don`t be misled by a sentence that comes between the subject and the verb. The verb is in agreement with the subject, not with a name or pronoun in the expression. Verbs in contemporary form for third parties, s-subjects (him, them, them and all that these words can represent) have s-endings. Other verbs do not add s-endings. In these constructs (called explective constructs), the subject follows the verb, but still determines the number of verbs.