However, there are guidelines for deciding which verb form (singular or plural) to use with one of these nouns as a subject in a sentence. This composite subject therefore requires a singular verb to correspond to it. The rest of this lesson explores the subject-verb correspondence problems that can result from placing words in sentences. There are four main problems: prepositional sentences, clauses that begin with whom, this or who, sentences that begin with here or there, and questions. Anyone who uses a pluralverb with a collective should be careful to be precise – and also consistent. This should not be done recklessly. The following is the kind of erroneous sentence you often see and hear these days: Rule of Thumb. A singular subject (she, Bill, auto) takes a singular verb (is, goes, shines), while a plural subtreff takes a plural verb. When we refer to the group as a whole and therefore as a unit, we consider the singular noun. In this case, we use a singular verb.
When used in the plural, the group name means MORE THAN ONE GROUP. Therefore, it uses a pluralverb. Basic principle: Singular subjects need singular verbs; Plural subjects need plural links. My brother is a nutritionist. My sisters are mathematicians. The subject-verb match rules apply to all personal pronouns except I and U, which, although SINGULAR, require plural forms of verbs. Rule 3. The verb in a sentence or, either/or, or neither is in agreement with the noun or pronoun closest to it. Rule 2. Two singular subjects related by or, either/or, or neither, require a singular verb. Compound names can act as a composite subject. In some cases, a composite subject poses particular problems for the subject-verb match rule (+s, -s).
1. Group substortives can be considered a unit and therefore assume a singular verb. Rule 4. As a general rule, use a plural association with two or more subjects if they are through and connected. Sometimes nouns take strange forms and can lead us to think that they are plural if they are really singular and vice versa. See the section on plural forms of names and the section on collective names for additional help. Words such as glasses, pants, pliers, and scissors are considered plural (and require a verben plural), unless they are preceded by the pair sentence of (in which case, the pair of words becomes the subject). . . .
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