The subject-verb compliance rules apply to all personnel pronouns except I and U which, although SINGULAR, require plural forms of verbs. Have you ever received “subject/verb”, like an error on a paper? This handout will help you understand this common grammar problem. Indeterminate pronouns can pose particular problems when adapting subjects. Over the past few years, the SAT test service has not judged any of you to be strictly singular. According to merriam-Webster`s Dictionary of English Usage: “Obviously, since English, no singular and plural is and remains. The idea that it is only singular is a myth of unknown origin that seems to have emerged in the nineteenth century. If it appears to you as a singular in the context, use a singular; If it appears as a plural, use a plural. Both are acceptable beyond serious criticism. If none of them clearly means “not one,” a singular verb follows. Therefore, there are three important subject compliance rules to follow when a group member is used as a subject: the rules of the agreement do not apply to has-have when used as a second assistant in a couple.
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. Rule 1. A topic will come before a sentence that will begin with. This is a key rule for understanding topics. The word of the is the culprit of many errors, perhaps most of the errors of subject and verb. Authors, speakers, readers, and hasty listeners might ignore the all-too-common error in the following sentence: See the section on Plural for additional help with subject-verb concordance. However, a prepositional sentence inserted between the subject and the verb sometimes complicates the agreement. Rule 6.
In sentences that begin with here or there, the real subject follows the verb. 9. In sentences beginning with “there exists” or “there is”, the subject follows the verb. Since “there” is not the subject, the verb corresponds to the following. While you`re probably already familiar with the basic subject-verb agreement, this chapter begins with a brief overview of the basic rules of the agreement. As subjects, the following indeterminate pronouns ALWAYS take singular verbs. Look at them carefully. If the subject follows the verb (especially in sentences beginning with the expeletives “there are some” or “there are”), special attention is needed to determine the subject and ensure that the verb matches that. . . .