However, if one considers as a couple, a singular verb is used. Article 3. The verb in either or either, or neither or the sentence is not closest to the name or pronoun. The first example expresses a wish, not a fact; Therefore, what we usually consider plural is used with the singular. (Technically, this is the singular theme of the object clause in the subjunctive mind: it was Friday.) Usually, it would look awful. However, in the second example, where a question is formulated, the spirit of subjunctive is true. Note: the subjunctive mind is losing ground in spoken English, but should nevertheless be used in speeches and formal writings. 11. Expressions such as .B.
with, including, accompanied by, add or not change the number of theme. If the subject is singular, the verb is also. The rules of the subject verb agreement apply to all personal pronouns, except me and you, which, although SINGULAIRE, require plural forms of verbs. 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. A singular subject with attached phrases that are introduced with or how or on a singular verb. a large mass of snow, ice and rocks falling the side of a mountain The rules of agreement do not apply to have-having if they are used as a second verb helping in a pair.
The rest of this teaching unit examines the problems of agreement that may result from the placement of words in sentences. There are four main problems: prepositional sentences, clauses that start with who, this, or who, sentences that start here or there, and questions. This sentence refers to the individual efforts of each crew member. The Gregg Reference Manual provides excellent explanations for the subject-verb agreement (section 10: 1001). The rest of this teaching unit deals with some more advanced rules for the agreement of specialized verbs and with exceptions to the original article-verb agreement rule We will use the standard of emphasis of subjects once and verbs twice. 4. Remember the indeterminate Pronoun EXCEPTIONS, which is dealt with in section 3.5, p.18: Some, Any, None, All and Most. The number of these subjects is influenced by a prepositionphrase between the subject and the verb. In contemporary form, nouns and verbs form plural in opposite ways: substantive ADD to s to singular form; Be REMOVE verb the s of the singular form. 2.
Be vigilant for preposition phrases placed between the subject and the verb, and immediately identify the name in the sentence as the object of a preposition: An object of a preposition can NEVER be a subject game. Books are the theme of this sentence, and it is plural, so we need the plural verb to reconcile with the plural theme. One point to note is that American English almost always treats collective nouns as singular, which is why a singular verb is used with it.