1. A sentence or clause between the subject and the verb does not change the subject`s number. They do NOT apply to other helping verbs, as they can, must, must, can, want, must. Article 9. For collective subtantives such as the group, the jury, the family, the public, the population, the verb can be singular or plural, depending on the author`s intention. Note the difference in the sense and therefore in the chosen verb (singular or plural) between the two uses of the noun ics, statistics. 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). So far, we have examined topics that can create confusion of the subject-verb agreement: composite themes, group subjects, singular plural topics of meaning, and unspecified topics. 8. Names such as scissors, pliers, pants and scissors require plural verbs.
(There are two parts of these things.) Since they can describe either the individuals in the group (more than one plural) or the group as a single entity (one singular person), these nouns pose particular problems. Some undefined pronouns like everyone else, some are singular or plural depending on what they relate to. (Is the thing referred to referred to or not referred to?) Be careful when selecting a verb to accompany these pronouns. 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. A clause that begins with whom, the one or the others, and the coming between the subject and the verb, can cause insequements. 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. SUBJECT-VERBE RULE #2 Two or more singular subjects that are linked by or (or not) as a single compound subject and therefore use a single verb to accept.