It`s a little late in the day, I know. I do not know if this has ever been mentioned or if it is because I am English, but the whole basis of the author`s assertion is fundamentally wrong. You cannot simply extract the word “one” from the expression to which it is inseparably bound, and call it the subject just because it suits them. As we know, the subjects can be more telling. The topic here is an example: “One in four people in the world” is the subject. You can`t just take the first word and call it the subject and the rest of the prepositional words. Could you write this sentence without “four people in the world” and keep a sense of its meaning? No no. Since there are not only four people in the world, one in four people is more than one, making it the plural. Therefore, “are” should be used, not “is.” Our contribution When to Add s to a Verb says: “Sometimes a helping verb (also called auxiliary) is used in conjunction with the main verb. When a helping verb is used, the spelling of the main verb does not change. Therefore, use the verb with the auxiliary does. Yes, furniture is a mass name. It is considered singular and requires a singular verb.
We agree; the verb should be “is.” We have not noticed that the English plural is used in an increasing number of instances for all collective names. The rules of AP Stylebook with regard to collective nouns are as follows: A large proportion of subjects with this disease have been reported. The theme is 12 per cent, which, depending on the purpose of the following preposition, is either singular or plural. In this sentence, the object of the preposition is the construction that is always singular. So the right answer is. Brilliant! It has bothered me for a long time. Now I can explain with confidence why the staff is taking a vacation. I still miss using plurals to modify individual collective nouns with plural themes. I would feel better if the staff went on a separate vacation.
Thank you for your kind words. Yes, we agree that we often see and hear false agreements on subjects and verbs. In the case of your first sentence, “My number one fear is heart attack,” the sentence is not false, but it is said heavily. The theme of the phrase is “fear,” which is unique. The singular verb “is” is consistent with the subject. The object, “heart attacks,” is plural, which makes the phrase strange. Is the person afraid of a heart attack or several heart attacks? We don`t know. Please help me identify the subject and the verb in “Mr. John loves to play basketball.” Use the plural help verb do with the plural noun. Our article What Does vs. What Do has more information about these confusing verbs. Yes, you`re confused.
The subject is a student in the phrase “Are students the target?” The answer would be, “Yes, students are the target.” In your first sentence of September 10, 2015, the theme was the goal. “The target is the students.” With words like proportions that indicate parts – some, all, none, etc. – you consider the name in your expression (preposition object) to determine whether a singular or plural verb should be used. If the object of the preposition is singular, use a singular verb.
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