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. Have you ever wondered why they say she`s very pretty and doesn`t look very pretty? The answer lies in the grammatical rules on concord or verb-subject agreement. The basic rule is that singular verbs must correspond to individual subtantives, while plural verbs must be compatible with plural substrates. What is a No. It is a word to call people, places, events, things or ideas. 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 example above implies that others, with the exception of Hannah, like to read comics. Therefore, the plural verb is the correct form to use.
In the example above, the plural corresponds to the actors of the subject. If the two names are bound and represent by a singular idea, then the verb is singular. If two or more plurals are linked by «and,» the verb is plural. 7. Names such as citizens, mathematics, dollars, measles and news require singular verbs. Pluralistic subjects separated by… Or not… again, both… and everyone except a plural. Pronouns are neither singular nor singular and require singular verbs, even if they seem, in a certain sense, to refer to two things.
Expressions of rupture like half, part of, a percentage of, the majority of are sometimes singular and sometimes plural, depending on the meaning. (The same is true, of course, when all, all, more, most and some act as subjects.) The totals and products of mathematical processes are expressed in singular and require singular verbs. The phrase «more than one» (weirdly) takes on a singular verb: «More than one student has tried to do so.» Joe should not follow, was not, since Joe is unique? But Joe isn`t really there, so let`s say that wasn`t the case. The sentence shows the subjunctive mind used to express things that are hypothetical, desirable, imaginary or objectively contradictory. The connective subjunctive mind pairs individual subjects with what we usually consider plural verbs. 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). As a phrase like «Neither my brothers nor my father will sell the house» seems strange, it is probably a good idea to bring the plural subject closer to the verb whenever possible.