Subject-verb Agreement with ‘THERE’ & ‘IT’ 1. THERE as introductory subject takes singular verb if it’s following a singular or uncountable noun, takes plural verb if that noun is plural; e.g. a) There is a book on the table. b) There are two books on the table. c) There is
Subject-verb Agreement with EACH & EVERY 1. Both EACH and EVERY are used with singular verbs, and convey singular meaning. 1. EVERY seat WAS taken. 2. EACH one of these chairs IS broken. 3. Five boys were seated on EACH bench. 4. He came to see us EVERY three days.
Subject-verb Agreement with ‘NUMBERS’ 1. We use singular verbs if ONE THIRD OF, TWO THIRDS OF, THREE FOURTHS OF, THE REST OF, A QUARTER OF, PART OF are followed by singular countable nouns or uncountable nouns; e.g. a) Three fourths of the money has been spent. b) Two thirds of
Two or more singular nouns or pronouns joined by ‘AND’ require a plural verb: e.g. He and I are playing. NOTE-I: If the nouns suggest one idea to the mind, the verb is singular; e.g. a) Time and tide waits for none. (TIME AND TIME suggest one idea) b) There is
Subject-verb Agreement with ‘MORE THAN ONE’ 1. MORE THAN ONE if followed by a singular noun takes singular verb; e.g. MORE THAN ONE PERSON IS GOING. 2. But when MORE THAN ONE is followed by OF and a plural noun, it takes a plural verb; e.g. MORE THAN ONE OF
1. NO can follow uncountable noun or singular countable noun or plural countable noun; the verb after NO is according to the number of that noun; e.g. a) NO PROBLEM IS insoluble. b) NO PROBLEMS ARE insoluble. c) NO WORK HAS been done today. 2. ALL can be used for
1. MANY, A GREAT MANY, A GOOD MANY take plural verbs, All of them can be used as pronouns as well as adjectives, if adjectives they take plural nouns; e.g. a) MANY WERE invited to dinner. (as pronoun) b) There are one hundred boys in the class and A GOOD
1. EITHER, NEITHER, EACH, EACH OF, EVERY, EVERYONE, SOMEONE, NO ONE, ANYONE, EVERYTHING, NOTHING, EVERYBODY, SOMEBODY, NOBODY, ANYBODY take singular verb: e.g. a) Either of those two boys has stolen my camera. b) Either of you was absent from the class. c) There are two proposals, and either is acceptable.
Subject-verb Agreement with ‘EITHER — OR’/’NEITHER — NOR’ & ‘OR/NOR’ 1. When two nouns/pronouns are joined by ‘NOT ONLY — BUT ALSO’, ‘EITHER — OR’, ‘NEITHER — NOR, the verb agrees with the second noun/pronoun: e.g. a) Not only the officer but also SIX SOLDIERS were killed. b) Not only
SUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENT WITH ‘THE+ADJECTIVE’ 1. ‘THE+ADJECTIVE (denoting a human quality)’ becomes a plural noun and takes a plural verb; e.g. a) the deaf (the deaf = deaf people) b) the disabled (the disabled = disabled people) c) the healthy (the healthy = healthy people) d) the living (the living = living people)