The first example expresses a wish, not a fact; Therefore, what we usually consider plural is used with the singular. (Technically, this is the singular theme of the object clause in the subjunctive mind: it was Friday.) Usually, it would look awful. However, in the second example, where a question is formulated, the spirit of subjunctive is true. Note: the subjunctive mind is losing ground in spoken English, but should nevertheless be used in speeches and formal writings. The first rule, if you match your themes and verbs, is that the subject must match the verb. As there are many forms of themes and verbs, it is not as simple as it sounds. In general, if the subject is plural, the verb must also be plural: 8. Names such as scissors, pliers, pants and scissors require plural verbs. (There are two parts of these things.) In the case of pronouns, he, they and he take a singular verb while you, we and they take a plural verb. 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. In these constructs (called explective constructs), the subject follows the verb, but still determines the number of verbs.
The ability to find the right topic and verb will help you correct the errors of the subject verb agreement. However, the plural verb is used when the focus is on the individuals in the group. It`s much rarer. False: A bouquet of yellow roses gives color and fragrance to the room. 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.” As a phrase like “Neither my brothers nor my father will sell the house” seems strange, it is probably a good idea to bring the plural subject closer to the verb whenever possible. For example, in this sentence: “In academic writing, grammar and sentence construction is of the utmost importance,” the verb should be ARE, because the sentence has a composite (plural) theme of grammar AND sentence construction. You will find additional help for the agreement between themes in the Pluriurale section. In recent years, the SAT`s testing service has not considered any of us to be absolutely unique. However, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary of English Usage: “Of course, none is as singular as plural since old English and it still is. The idea that it is unique is a myth of unknown origin that seems to have emerged in the 19th century.
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