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Softschools Subject Verb Agreement

Softschools Subject Verb Agreement

1) He runs 4 km a day. (Singular subject; Singular verb) 10) Neither the tray nor the cups were removed. (Cups is closer, so the verb is plural) If a compound subject is bound by “or” or “nor,” look at the subject closest to the verb and let the verb match that part of the subject. 5) Some topics relate to one thing, but take a plural verb (examples: scissors, pants) 2) You drive the school bus in the afternoon. (plural theme; Plural) 8) Katie or three girls go to the office. (Girls are closer, i.e. the verb is plural) 2) These indeterminate pronouns are always plural and should be paired with a plural verb: few, many subjects (who or what it is) and verbs (action or state of being) must agree. 1) These indeterminate pronouns are always singular and should be paired with a singular verb: something, anything, anything, anything, anyone, anyone, everyone, someone, something, someone, someone, someone, someone, someone, someone, person, person, nobody, nothing, one. 4) Note that some subjects may seem plural, but are singular because they refer to one thing or a single quantity of something (examples: mathematics, mumps, news) 4) Some of the money is missing.

(The singular silver is singular) 5) None of the marbles came out of the circle. (Plural marbles are plural) 3) For some indeterminate pronouns (some, all, none) it depends on the object to which the pronoun refers. 6) One of the nails stands. (one is singular).

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