These compliance rules do not apply to verbs used in the simple past without help. The rest of this class studies the problems of concordance of subjects that can result from the placement of words into sentences. There are four main problems: prepositional sentences, clauses that begin with whom, this or what, sentences that begin here or there, and questions. Sometimes modifiers will find themselves between a subject and its verb, but these modifiers should not confuse the match between the subject and its verb. Rule 4. Usually use a plural bural with two or more subjects when connected by and by and by the other. If your sentence brings together a positive and negative subject, one in the plural and the other in the singular, the verb must correspond to the positive subject. Expressions of rupture such as half, part of, a percentage of, a majority of are sometimes singular and sometimes plural, depending on the importance. (The same is true, of course, if everyone, everyone, more, most and some act as subjects.) Sums and products of mathematical processes are expressed in singular and require singular verbs. The phrase „more than one” (strangely) takes on a singular verb: „More than one student has tried to do so.” Example: the list of items is on the desktop. If you know that the list is the subject, then select is for the verb.
SUBJECT VERB RULE#2 Two or more SINGULAR subjects linked by (or) act as a singular composite subject and therefore adopt a singular verb to give their agreement. The basic rule. A singular subject (she, Bill, car) takes a singular verb (is, goes, shines), while a plural meeting takes a plural verb. So far, we have examined topics that can create confusion in the subject-tilt concordance: composite subjects, subjects of group composition, subjects of singular plural importance, and indeterminate subjects. Have you ever received „subject/verb”, like an error on a paper? This handout will help you understand this common grammar problem. 4. Is not a contraction of no and should only be used with a singular subject. Don`t is a contraction of do not and should only be used with a plural meeting. The exception to this rule occurs in the first-person and second-person pronouns I and U. In these pronouns, contraction should not be used. (1) [The politician, along with the journalist,] is expected tomorrow….