Note: In this example, the object of the sentence is even; That is why the verb must agree. (Because scissors are the subject of the preposition, scissors have no influence on the verb number.) In these constructs (called explective constructs), the subject follows the verb, but still determines the number of verbs. However, the plural verb is used when the focus is on the individuals in the group. It`s much rarer. Article 5 bis. Sometimes the subject is separated from the verb by such words, as with, as well as, except, no, etc. These words and phrases are not part of the subject. Ignore them and use a singular verb if the subject is singular. If a subject is singular and plural, the verb corresponds to the nearest subject. Note: The word dollar is a special case. When we talk about a money supply, we need a singular verb, but if we refer to the dollars themselves, a plural verb is necessary. The person and the subject number of the clause determine the person and the number of the verb of the clause. This is called the subject-verb or concord agreement: 4.
With subjects composed of or/nor, the verb agrees with the subject that is closer. Have you ever received the «subject/verb agreement» as an error on a paper? This prospectus helps you understand this common grammar problem. The example above implies that others, with the exception of Hannah, like to read comics. Therefore, the plural verb is the correct form to use. 9. In sentences beginning with «there is» or «there,» the subject follows the verb. As «he» is not the subject, the verb corresponds to the following. In this sentence, the forerunner is the flowers. As Flowers` name is plural, the pronoun, which is also plural, takes a plural verb. 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).