Special Cases In Subject Verb Agreement
If the majority/minority means a certain percentage, you can use either a singular or a plural verb: sometimes a subject can follow a form of verb (instead of moving forward). As the following sentences show, this reversal of the usual order occurs in questions requiring a helping verb: this composite subject therefore requires a singular verb to accept it. 1. When the different parts of the compound subject are linked by a plural verb and always use. Note: The word dollar is a special case. When we talk about a money supply, we need a singular verb, but if we refer to the dollars themselves, a plural verb is necessary. A third group of indeterminate pronouns takes either a singular or plural verb, depending on the pronouns that have meaning in the sentence. Look closely. 1. If the subject of a sentence is composed of two or more subtantives or pronouns bound by a plural verb and use it.
3. Group substitutions can be administered to plural forms to mean two or more units and thus take a plural verb. Although each part of the composite subject is singular (Ranger and Camper), together (linked by and), each part of a plural structure and must therefore take a plural verb (see) to accept in the sentence. Composite nouns can act as a composite subject. In some cases, a composite theme poses particular problems for the subject-verb agreement rule (s, -s). Use the S if the subject is the first-person singular pronoune (I): In the example above, the singular verb corresponds to the singular subject Boy. In the case of a collective noun, use either a singular or a plural verb, depending on whether you want to highlight the group or its individual members: a clause that can cause problems of agreement with whom, the, or between the subject and the verb to come. They take plural verbs when used as indefinite quantifiers (see Rule 1 above): as they can describe either the individuals in the group (more than one plural) or the group as a single entity (a single singular), these nouns pose particular problems. Let`s take a look at three of the most difficult cases of the verb-subject chord: 1. Group nouns can be considered as a single entity and therefore take a singular verb. In the meantime, it should be clear that subject-verb agreement is not always easy. Stay tuned to take a closer look at some of these topics and other amazing cases next time.