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

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

  1. 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. 2. Dr. Shadia Y. Banjar <ul><li>There are lots of things to do in a big company. </li></ul>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. 3. Dr. Shadia Y. Banjar <ul><li>Expressions of quantity: </li></ul><ul><li>modify a noun. </li></ul><ul><li>describe the amount, or number, of something. </li></ul><ul><li>are used with count nouns or with non-count </li></ul><ul><li>nouns. </li></ul><ul><li>are used to express: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a positive idea: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I read all the inbox messages.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a negative idea: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I read none of the inbox messages.” </li></ul></ul>Explanation
  4. 4. Dr. Shadia Y. Banjar SINGULAR VERB PLURAL VERB <ul><li>Some of the book is good. </li></ul><ul><li>Some of the books are good. </li></ul>
  5. 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 <ul><li>Two-third of the money is mine. </li></ul><ul><li>A lot of the equipment </li></ul><ul><li>is new. </li></ul><ul><li>Two-third of the </li></ul><ul><li>pennies are mine. </li></ul><ul><li>A lot of my friends </li></ul><ul><li>are here. </li></ul>
  6. 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. <ul><li>One of my friend is here. </li></ul><ul><li>Each of my friend is here. </li></ul><ul><li>Every one of my friend is here. </li></ul><ul><li>One of </li></ul><ul><li>Each of </li></ul><ul><li>Every one of </li></ul>+ Plural noun = singular verb
  7. 7. Dr. Shadia Y. Banjar NONE <ul><li>Subjects with none of are considered </li></ul><ul><li>singular in formal English. </li></ul><ul><li>Plural verbs are often used in informal </li></ul><ul><li>English. </li></ul>SINGULAR VERB PLURAL VERB <ul><li>None of the boys is here. </li></ul><ul><li>None of the boys are here. </li></ul><ul><li>(informal) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Dr. Shadia Y. Banjar 1. The number of students in the class is fifteen. 2. A number of students were late for class. <ul><li>The number is a subject in (1) </li></ul><ul><li>In (2): A number of =an expression of quantity = ‘a lot of’. </li></ul><ul><li>It is followed by a plural noun and a plural verb. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Dr. Shadia Y. Banjar

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