11. The singular form of the verb is usually reserved for units of measure or units of tense. Twenty may seem like many rules for a topic, but you`ll quickly discover that one is related to the other. In the end, everything will make sense. (In the following examples, the concordant subject is bold and the verb is in italics.) Therefore, the 20 rules of subject conformity vary slightly depending on the dialect. 8. Use plural or singular verbs, depending on the form of the subject closest to the verb, with compound subjects that contain or contain: 7. The verb is singular when the two separate subjects refer to the same person or thing as a whole. 12. Use singular labels to refer to entities, such as nations or organizations, or compositions like books or movies: “I`m one of those eccentrics who don`t tweet,” or “Those eccentrics I`m one of don`t tweet,” or “I`m an eccentric who doesn`t tweet.” I tend to have the writer be the right subject, not the eccentrics. @Janey: I think it has to do with the interpretation or perhaps getting the sentence out of context.

If you do the singular verb, say you are an eccentric who does not tweet. But you have distanced yourself from the “body” of those eccentrics who do not tweet. You could be any eccentric. Does it help? 2. Don`t use singular or plural offal that corresponds to the subject, not with the addition of the subject: I have to agree with Susan. Rules 1 and 3 should be seen in Example 16. The subject is singular (with a plural in the modified prepositional sentence) and requires a singular. Good catch, Susan. I hadn`t read all the way, but I came to see if there was a printing option to print this article, to use it next week at school with my kids. Scrolling down, I noticed all the comments on #16. I must have taken a look 🙂 Mark, thank you for the good advice and memories.

This site will be a great resource in our home school! 5. Subjects are not always in question in front of verbs. Be sure to identify the subject accurately before opting for the right verb form. 17. If gerunds are used as the subject of a sentence, they take the singular form of the verb. However, when linked by “and”, they take the plural form. 13. Use singular abrating for subjects that are plural in form, but singularly in the sense: Is it or are? Are we leaving or are we leaving? Whether a verb is singular or plural depends on a complex series of factors. . . .