Subject Verb Agreement, Using Expressions Of Quantity, By Dr. Shadia

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  • 1. Subject-Verb Agreement, Using Expressions of Quantity By: Dr. Shadia Y. Banjar http://www.kau.edu.sa/SBANJER http://wwwdrshadiabanjar.blogspot.com Dr. Shadia Y. Banjar
  • 2. Dr. Shadia Y. Banjar
    • There are lots of things to do in a big company.
    Expressions of Quantity Definition Example An expression of quantity is a word or group of words that tells the amount of something. It answers the questions, “How much?” or “How many?”
  • 3. Dr. Shadia Y. Banjar
    • Expressions of quantity:
    • modify a noun.
    • describe the amount, or number, of something.
    • are used with count nouns or with non-count
    • nouns.
    • are used to express:
      • a positive idea:
      • “ I read all the inbox messages.”
      • or
      • a negative idea:
      • “ I read none of the inbox messages.”
    Explanation
  • 4. Dr. Shadia Y. Banjar SINGULAR VERB PLURAL VERB
    • Some of the book is good.
    • Some of the books are good.
  • 5. Dr. Shadia Y. Banjar In most expressions of quantity, the verb is determined by the noun or pronoun that follows of . SINGULAR VERB PLURAL VERB
    • Two-third of the money is mine.
    • A lot of the equipment
    • is new.
    • Two-third of the
    • pennies are mine.
    • A lot of my friends
    • are here.
  • 6. Dr. Shadia Y. Banjar EXCEPTION: one of, each of, and every one of. EXCEPTION: one of, each of, and every one of take singular verbs.
    • One of my friend is here.
    • Each of my friend is here.
    • Every one of my friend is here.
    • One of
    • Each of
    • Every one of
    + Plural noun = singular verb
  • 7. Dr. Shadia Y. Banjar NONE
    • Subjects with none of are considered
    • singular in formal English.
    • Plural verbs are often used in informal
    • English.
    SINGULAR VERB PLURAL VERB
    • None of the boys is here.
    • None of the boys are here.
    • (informal)
  • 8. Dr. Shadia Y. Banjar 1. The number of students in the class is fifteen. 2. A number of students were late for class.
    • The number is a subject in (1)
    • In (2): A number of =an expression of quantity = ‘a lot of’.
    • It is followed by a plural noun and a plural verb.
  • 9. Dr. Shadia Y. Banjar