6. When two subjects are connected by “and”, they usually need a plural form. In the case of a collection noun, use either a singular verb or a plural verb, depending on whether you want to highlight the group or its individual members: 14. Indefinite pronouns usually adopt singular verbs (with a few exceptions). The subject-verb agreement is usually quite simple in English. Check each manual for general rules. However, for topics that introduce the idea of quantity, some additional ground rules are needed. Here are some that are useful for academic writing. Shouldn`t Joe be followed by what, not were, since Joe is singular? But Joe isn`t really there, so let`s say we weren`t there.

The sentence demonstrates the subjunctive mind used to express hypothetical, desiring, imaginary, or objectively contradictory things. The subjunctive connects singular subjects to what we usually think of as a plural rush. 19. Titles of books, films, novels and other similar works are treated as singular and adopt a singular verb. 5. Don`t be misled by a sentence that is between the subject and the verb. The verb is in agreement with the subject, not with a noun or pronoun in the phrasing. 10. Collective nouns are words that involve more than one person, but are considered singular and adopt a singular verb, such as group, team, committee, class, and family. Rule 5a.

Sometimes the subject is separated from the verb by words like with, as well as, next to it, not, etc. These words and phrases are not part of the topic. Ignore them and use a singular if the subject is singular. Sometimes nouns take on strange shapes and can make us think that they are plural when they are really singular and vice versa. See the section on plural forms of names and the section on collective names for additional help. Words like glasses, pants, pliers, and scissors are considered plural (and require plural verbs), unless the pair of sentences is preceded by them (in this case, the pair of words becomes subject). Rule 3. The verb in an or, or, or, or not, or ni/or sentence corresponds to the noun or pronoun closest to it. 4.

In the case of compound subjects connected by ou/nor, the verb corresponds to the subject closest to it.. . . .