This is especially true for constructions that ask questions: “Did you read the two clowns on the order?” “Do you both take this seriously?” Burchfield calls this “a conflict between fictitious agreement and real agreement.” * If your sentence brings together a positive subject and a negative subject and one in the plural, the other is singular, the verb must correspond to the positive subject. Rule 7. Use a singular verb with distances, periods, sums of money, etc., if you are considered a unit. For example, my aunt or uncle arrives by train today. Neither Juan nor Carmen are available. Either Kiana or Casey help decorate the scene today. The verbs in the present tense for singular subjects in the third person (he, them, he and everything these words can represent) have S endings. Other verbs do not add S endings. Nouns that have two pieces such as glasses, scissors or pants require multiple obstructions. 1. Group nouns can be considered as a single entity and thus adopt a singular verb.

Rule 4. Usually use a plural bural with two or more subjects when connected by and by and by the other. Note: In this example, the subject of the sentence is even; That is why the verb must correspond to this. (Because scissors are the subject of the preposition, scissors do not affect the number of verbs.) Composite subjects can act as a composite subject. In some cases, a composite subject poses particular problems for the subject/verb compliance rule (+s, -s). Problems also arise when the spokesperson or author is confronted with more than one name or pronoun in the sentence. The subject of the sentence is saliva (plural head noun), hence the plural abrasive.