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). Note that adding the majority to these two examples does not change anything. The ability to find the right topic and verb will help you correct the errors of the subject verb agreement. Expressions of rupture like half, part of, a percentage of, the majority of are sometimes singular and sometimes plural, depending on the meaning. (The same is true, of course, when all, all, more, most and some act as subjects.) The totals and products of mathematical processes are expressed in singular and require singular verbs. The phrase “more than one” (weirdly) takes on a singular verb: “More than one student has tried to do so.” Pronouns are neither singular nor singular and require singular verbs, even if they seem, in a certain sense, to refer to two things. 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. The word there, a contraction of that, leads to bad habits in informal sentences as there are many people here today, because it is easier to say “there is” than “there is.” Verbs in contemporary form for third parties, s-subjects (him, them, them and all that these words can represent) have s-endings.
Other verbs do not add s-endings. Don`t get confused by the word “students”; the subject is everyone and everyone is always singular Everyone is responsible. 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. The rule of thumb. A singular subject (she, Bill, auto) takes a singular verb (is, goes, shines), while a plural subject takes on a plural verb. Article 7. Use a singular verb with distances, periods, sums of money, etc., if they are considered a unit. Some undefined pronouns like everyone else, some are singular or plural depending on what they relate to.