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Subject/Verb Agreement

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Subject and verb should agree in singular/plural
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None of my friends ______ German. Which of the following can be used to fill in the blank: A. speak B. speaks
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Each of these bottles ______ cracked
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A large group of young people _______ hanging around on the corner of the street.
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Either and neither can also cause problems. They are both singular and need a singular verb. Neither of you is going to the cinema this evening. (Correct) Neither of you are going to the cinema this evening. (Incorrect) Neither of these colours really _______ the new living room.
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Problems are particularly likely to occur with collective nouns such as a herd of, a collection of, a group of, a flock of, etc. All these are singular. In this example, the subject is 'a small group of birds', which is singular (even though there are lots of birds) and needs a singular verb: was. A small group of birds were flying across the midnight sea. (Incorrect) A small group of birds was flying across the midnight sea. (Correct) Answer the below question. A large flock of seagulls _______ feeding on the other side of the estuary.
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Singular subject plural verb. The subject in this sentence is 'Tim's collection', which is singular. It therefore needs a singular verb: 'was' rather than 'were'. Tim's collection of bottles was fantastic. (Correct) Tim's collection of bottles were fantastic. (Incorrect) Answer the below question. My collection of stamps _______ worth a fortune.
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You need to be careful in situations where the subject is a list of things, the last of which is a singular item. In such cases, the whole list of different items forms the subject and therefore needs a plural verb Warships, yachts, dinghies and a huge aircraft carrier is out on the harbour. (Incorrect) Warships, yachts, dinghies and a huge aircraft carrier are out on the harbour. (Correct) Answer the below question: A calculator, three pencils and a large book _______ found lying in the street.
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Plural subject, singular verb. In this sentence, careful planning and a clear mind are the subject of the verb and as they are plural the verb has to be plural: are rather than is. Careful planning and a clear mind is important for writing a good essay. (Incorrect) Careful planning and a clear mind are important for writing a good essay. (Correct) Answer the following: Good planning and motivation _______ vital for academic success.
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