So far, we have worked with compound subjects whose elements are either singular or plural. However, there are some guidelines for deciding which form of verb (singular or plural) should be used with one of these names as a subject in a sentence. Don`t get confused by the word «students»; the subject is everyone and everyone is always singular Everyone is responsible. This composite subject therefore requires a singular verb to accept it. Thus, there are three important subject agreement rules to remember when a group name is used as a subject: As subjects, the following indefinite PROnouns ALWAYS take singular verbs. Look at them carefully. In informal writing, neither take a plural verb, so these pronouns are followed by a prepositionphrase that begins with. This is especially true for interrogation constructions: «Did two clowns read the mission?» «You`re taking this seriously?» Burchfield calls it «a conflict between the fictitious agreement and the actual agreement.» Well, it all depends on whether we think of the team as a single collective entity or as an individual. If it is the first, then the verb should be singular. However, if we consider the team as a member who does not act as a single entity, we use the plural verb.
If two or more plurals are linked by «and,» the verb is plural. Article 5 bis. Sometimes the subject is separated from the verb by such words, as with, as well as, except, no, etc. These words and phrases are not part of the subject. Ignore them and use a singular verb if the subject is singular. 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.» The answer is that it should match the subject – the nominaire. As in this example, the subject, the book, is singular, the verb must also be singular. You will find additional help for the agreement between themes in the Pluriurale section. 5. Don`t be misled by a sentence that comes between the subject and the verb.