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. Expressions of rupture like half, part of, a percentage of, the majority of are sometimes singular and sometimes plural, depending on the meaning. (The same is true, of course, when all, all, more, most and some act as subjects.) The totals and products of mathematical processes are expressed in singular and require singular verbs. The phrase “more than one” (weirdly) takes on a singular verb: “More than one student has tried to do so.” The names of sports teams that do not end in “s” take a plural verb: the Miami Heat have searched, the Connecticut Sun hopes that new talent . You`ll find help solving this problem in the plural section. 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.” Rule 2.
Two distinct subjects that are linked by or, or, either by a singular verb. 20. Last rule: Remember, only the subject acts on the verb! Everything else doesn`t matter. 8. Names such as scissors, pliers, pants and scissors require plural verbs. (There are two parts of these things.) 17. When geriatrics are used as the object of a sentence, they adopt the singular form of the verb. However, if they are bound by “and,” they adopt the plural form. The indeterminate pronouns of each, each, no, no, no one, are always singular and therefore require singular verbs. The person in the subject may be first, two and three. The verb changes depending on the number and person of the subject.
Is… or, neither . . . . and don`t take them before and after them. Names placed after these conjunctions are considered the object of the sentence. Nouns that are placed in front of words or have no impact on verbs. 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 problem with grammar rules, from the point of view of modern linguistics, is that many rules are not absolute. There are many exceptions to the rules, as we can see here.