However, the rules of agreement apply to the following helping verbs when used with a main protocol: is-are, were-were, has-have, do-do-do. The themes of these phrases – “Senator Jones” and “the CEO” – are unique and require the singular verbs they want and have decided. Of course, the author might have written the following good sentences: But sometimes a preposition inserted between the subject and the verb complicates the concordance. Examples: my aunt or uncle arrives today by train. Neither Juan nor Carmen are available. It`s Kiana or Casey who helps decorate the scene. You can check the verb by replacing the pronoun for the compound subject. On the other hand, there is an indeterminate pronoun, none that can be singular or plural; It doesn`t matter if you use a singular or a plural adverb, unless something else in the sentence determines its number. (Writers generally do not consider any to be meaningful and choose a plural verb as in “None of the engines work,” but if something else leads us to consider none as one, we want a singular verb, as in “None of the food is fresh.”) 2. If two or more individual names or pronouns are bound by or even, use a singular verb. The number of the motif can be singular and plural. The verb must be singular when the subject is singular and the verb must be plural, if the subject is plural.
If the adjective is displayed as the object of a sentence, it is plural. 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). Remember: here are constructions, search for the subject AFTER the verb and choose a singular or plural verb to agree with the subject. A prepositional sentence can be placed between the subject and the verb. If a subject is singular and plural, the verb corresponds to the nearest subject. As in this example, the subject, the book, is singular, the verb must also be singular. No single subject is a single subject when used alone. If used with a prepositional sentence beginning with it, the subject can be both plural and singular.
Note: If these expressions are replaced by “and,” the themes are considered plural themes, so the verbs must be plural. A third group of indeterminate pronouns takes either a singular or plural verb, depending on the pronouns that have meaning in the sentence.