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Fractional expressions such as half of, part of, a percentage of, a majority of are sometimes singular and sometimes plural, depending on the meaning. (The same is true, of course, when all, all, all, all, more, most, and some act as subjects.) Sums and products of mathematical processes are expressed in the singular and require singular verbs. The phrase “more than one” (oddly enough) takes on a singular verb: “More than one student has tried this.” Note: Data is technically a plural noun, but is often treated as an innumerable noun, so it is acceptable to use the singular or plural form. 11. Expressions as with, with, including, accompanied by, in addition or not to change the subject number. If the subject is singular, so is the verb. 4. Is not a contraction of no and should only be used with a singular subject. Dont is a contraction of do not and should only be used with a plural substreff. The exception to this rule occurs with the first-person and second-person pronouns I and U.

With these pronouns, contraction should not be used. Abbreviations and acronyms usually take a singular verb. If youre not sure, check if the full version of the acronym or abbreviation is a singular, plural, or collective noun, and refer to the rules above. It is very important to use a form of agreement consistently. The names of sports teams that do not end in “s” will take a plural verse: the Miami Heat has searched, the Connecticut Sun hopes that new talent. For help with this issue, see plurals. 3. If a composite subject contains both a singular and plural noun or pronouns related by or nor, the verb must match the part of the subject that is closest to the verb. Sometimes two or more topics are associated with a verb. These are called composite subjects. When deciding whether to use a singular or pluralverb, consider how the topics are related. On the other hand, there is an indefinite pronoun, none that can be in the singular or plural; It often doesnt matter if you use a singular or a plural, unless something else in the sentence determines its number.

(Writers usually dont think of any, so as not to mean just any one, and choose a plural verb, as in “None of the engines work,” but if something else makes us think of none as not one, we want a singular verb, as in “None of the food is fresh.”) 8. Nouns such as scissors, tweezers, pants, and scissors require plural verbs. (These things consist of two parts.) If your sentence is a positive subject and a negative subject, and one is plural and the other singular, the verb must correspond to the positive subject. Key: Subject = yellow, bold; Verb = green, underline 7. Nouns such as civics, mathematics, dollars, measles and short stories require singular verbs. 42K Use a singular verb for each ____ and several ______ In the example above, the plural agreement corresponds to the closest subject actors. Sometimes modifiers will get confused between a subject and its verb, but these modifiers should not confuse the correspondence between the subject and its verb. .