If you ignore the prepositional sentence before the verb, you will more easily choose the appropriate verb. Please note that if the subject is an indeterminate pronoun (like most or all or any) that can be either singular or plural, the number of objects in a preposition before the verb determines the number of verbs. This exception is explained in the subject-verb II agreement. NOTE: But sometimes ics nouns can have a plural meaning: we can talk about certain parts of this set. In this case, we apply the same rule as that applicable to group names if we examine the individual members within the group (see section 3.3): We use plural verblage. 1. Group nouns can be considered a unit and therefore accept a singular verb. 6. When two subjects are connected by “and”, they usually need a plural form. You can check the verb by replacing the pronoun they with the compound subject.

Indeterminate pronouns can pose particular problems when adapting subjects. 4. Think of the indefinite pronoun exception that is taken into account in section 3.5, p.18: Some, arbitrary, none, all and most. The number of these words is influenced by a prepositional sentence between the subject and the verb. 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). SUBJECT VERB RULE#2 Two or more SINGULAR subjects linked by (or) act as a singular composite subject and therefore adopt a singular verb to give their agreement. 20. Last rule: Remember, only the subject influences the verb! Everything else doesn`t matter. However, a prepositional sentence inserted between the subject and the verb sometimes complicates the agreement.

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. A unifying verb (“is”, “are”, “was”, “were”, “seem” and others) corresponds to its subject, not to its supplement. 9. If the subjects are the two singular and are connected by the words “or”, “ni”, ni”, “soit” or “not only/but also”, the verb is singular. When other clauses between the subject and the verb occur, errors in the subject-verb concordance become more frequent. That`s how you avoid them. 2. Whether the different parts of the compound subject are related or not, use the verb (singular or plural) that corresponds to the subject closer to the verb. . . .