Note: In this example, the subject of the sentence is couple; therefore, the verb must correspond to it. (Since scissors are the object of preposition, scissors have no effect on the number of verbs.) However, verbs do not follow this pattern. Adding an “s” to a verb does not tolerate a plural. Here`s what I mean: Rule 1. A topic will come before a sentence that begins with von. This is a key rule for understanding topics. The word of is the culprit of many, perhaps most, subject-verb errors. Authors, speakers, readers and hasty listeners may overlook the all too common mistake in the following sentence: Example: The list of items is/are on the desk. If you know that the list is the subject, then choose is for the verb. Indefinite pronouns anyone, everyone, someone, nobody, no one are always singular and therefore require singular verbs. The rules of the agreement do not apply to the has-have when it is used as the SECOND sub-chord in a pair. The verb in such constructions is or is obvious. However, the subject does not come BEFORE the verb.
2. If two or more singular nouns or pronouns are connected by or not, use a singular verb. Compound names can act as a composite subject. In some cases, a composite subject poses particular problems for the subject-verb match rule (+s, -s). Sentences as set with, as well as and together with are not the same as and. The sentence introduced by and with both changes the previous word (in this case, mayor), but it does not connect the topics (like the word and would do the trick). Here are more guidelines for correspondence inherited from the subject. 3.
Fractional expressions such as half of, part of, a percentage of, a majority of are sometimes singular and sometimes plural, depending on the meaning. (The same is true, of course, when all, all, all, all, more, most, and some act as subjects.) Sums and products of mathematical processes are expressed in the singular and require singular verbs. The phrase “more than one” (oddly enough) takes on a singular verb: “More than one student has tried this.” Note: The word dollar is a special case. When talking about a sum of money, we need a singularverb, but when referring to the dollars themselves, a plural reference is required. Remember: here are some constructions, look for the subject AFTER the verb and choose a singular verb (is) or plural (are) to match the subject. 4. Think of the indefinite pronoun EXCEPTIONS considered in section 3.5, p.18: Some, All, None, All and Most. The number of these subject words IS influenced by a prepositional alphabet between subject and verb. 10-A. With one of those ___________ that use a plural reference. Like prepositional alhrase, the clause that never contains the subject.
10. Collective nouns are words that involve more than one person, but are considered a singular and take on a singular verb, such as group, team, committee, class, and family. However, if the subject is plural, then the verb must be plural. On the other hand, there is an indefinite pronoun, none that can be in the singular or plural; It often doesn`t matter if you use a singular or a plural, unless something else in the sentence determines its number. (Writers usually don`t think of any, so as not to mean just any one, and choose a plural verb, as in “None of the engines work,” but if something else makes us think of none as not one, we want a singular verb, as in “None of the food is fresh.”) 2. . . .