4. Remember the indeterminate Pronoun EXCEPTIONS, which is dealt with in section 3.5, p.18: Some, Any, None, All and Most. The number of these subjects is influenced by a prepositionphrase between the subject and the verb. Sometimes modifiers come between a subject and its verb, but these modifiers should not confuse the match between the subject and his verb. This composite subject therefore requires a singular verb to accept it. 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.” You can see that it makes more sense to replace this pronoun rather than replace it. Have you ever received the “subject/verb agreement” as an error on a paper? This prospectus helps you understand this common grammar problem. By far, the style error I most often encounter as a writing teacher and editor is a subject/verb chord. As you already know, you need to be sure that mated subjects and verbs “go together” grammatically. What this usually means (especially if you write in contemporary form) is that if a subject is singular, its accompanying verb is added to an “s,” but if the subject is plural, the verb does not need “s” (i.e.
“material age” and “material age” are both correct). It`s simple, isn`t it? Your ear confirms the subject/verb agreement for you. For many writers, however, confusion arises when the subject and the verb are distanced in the sentence. Consider this bad example: However, the rules of agreement apply to the following helping verbs when used with a main protocol: is-are, was-were, has-have, do-do-do. Subjects and verbs must be among them in numbers (singular or plural) together AGREE. So if a subject is singular, its verb must also be singular; If a subject is plural, its verb must also be plural. So far, we have examined topics that can create confusion of the subject-verb agreement: composite themes, group subjects, singular plural topics of meaning, and unspecified topics. Article 6. In sentences that begin here or there, the real subject follows the verb. The indeterminate pronouns of each, each, no, no, no one, are always singular and therefore require singular verbs.