In these constructs (called explective constructs), the subject follows the verb, but still determines the number of verbs. Article 4. As a general rule, use a plural verb with two or more subjects when they are by and connected. 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. 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. The rule of thumb.
A singular subject (she, Bill, auto) takes a singular verb (is, goes, shines), while a plural subject takes on a plural verb. 1. When the different parts of the compound subject are linked by a plural verb and always use. Composite nouns can act as a composite subject. In some cases, a composite theme poses particular problems for the subject-verb agreement rule (s, -s). Sometimes names take strange forms and can fool us to think that they are plural if they are truly singular and vice versa. You`ll find more help in the section on plural forms of nouns and in the section on collective nouns. Words such as glasses, pants, pliers and scissors are considered plural (and require plural verbs), unless they are followed by the pair of sentences (in this case, the pair of words becomes subject). In recent years, the SAT`s testing service has not considered any of us to be absolutely unique. However, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary of English Usage: “Of course, none is as singular as plural since old English and it still is. The idea that it is unique is a myth of unknown origin that seems to have emerged in the 19th century. If this appears to you as a singular in the context, use a singular verb; If it appears as a plural, use a plural verb.
Both are acceptable beyond serious criticism. If there is no clear intention that this means “not one,” a singular verb follows. In contemporary times, names and verbs form pluralists in opposite ways: as subjects, the following, indeterminate pronouns adopt singular ALWAY verbs. Look at them carefully. Indeterminate pronouns can pose particular problems in the subject verb agreement. Joe should not follow, was not, since Joe is unique? But Joe isn`t really there, so let`s say that wasn`t the case.