COMPOUND SUBJECTS: Or/NOR @ Singular subjects – Singular Verbs A car or a bus is the only means to travel. @ Plural Subjects – Plural VerbsEither the fathers or the mothers go to the meeting. @ Subjects with different number – Verb agrees with subject nearest to it Neither those cats nor that dog was taken.
Either the gray or the white one are good for the subject.
Either the purse or the watch (is/are) bought as a gift. Neither these magazines nor those newspapers (has/have) the article I was looking for.Neither Eileen nor her sisters (ask/asks) their parents for money. BACK TO THE RULES
COMPOUND SUBJECTS: AND @ Plural verbs A camera and a laptop were stolen. @ Exemptions… If (1) Subjects add up to one unit Chips and dip is my favorite food.(2) Subjects are preceded by each or everyEach man and woman leaves the building.
The bottles and the soda can (was/were) given to the garbage collector.The wheel and axle (is/are) a type of simple machine. BACK TO THE RULES
SUBJECTS THAT COME AFTER THE VERB@ Verb agrees with the number of the subject In the second floor are the two libraries. There is the laptop computer. Here is the new notebook.
Located at the third floor of this majestic building are our library.
There (is/are) new students coming next year.One of the reasons for his expulsion (is/are) his insubordination. BACK TO THE RULES
COLLECTIVE NOUNS @ Single unit – singular verbThe herd is taken care of by the shepherd. @Different individuals – plural verb The committee have yet to prepare their statements.
My choir were selected for the competition this afternoon.
The school of fish (is/are) caught by the fishermen.The faculty (is/are) each sent to different parts of the country to teach. BACK TO THE RULES
PLURAL-LOOKING NOUNS@ (1) Branches of knowledge; (2) Single unit or idea; (3) Indicating characteristics – Singular verb Economics is difficult to study. The series is very entertaining. The acoustics enhances the sound.@ Words like: scissors, pants, trousers, pliers, shorts – plural verb His pants are trendy.
Statistics (is/are) the course of Myrza. Her trousers (is/are) very stylish. BACK TO THE RULES
INDEFINITE PRONOUNS@ Singular indefinite pronouns – singular verbs Each of them is sick.@ Plural indefinite pronouns – plural verbs Many of the pigs are slaughtered.@ All, Any, More, Most, None, and Some – verbs take number of the antecedent All of the money is saved. All of the papers are crumpled.
Everybody excel in that subject. Everyone love grammar.
Much of the students (fail/fails) the exam.None of the cookies (is/are) handed to the little boy. BACK TO THE RULES
AMOUNTS OR MEASUREMENTS @ Singular verb One-half of the pie is cut. A kilo of the cereals is bought.@ Referring to individual things – plural verb Half of the chickens lay eggs. One-twelfth of the students bring stroller bags.