Grammar lesson #15: subject/verb agreement (Part 2)

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Subject/verb agreement continued.  Here are additional guidelines (borrowed from Owl Purdue online writing lab) to help us remain in agreement.  At least in our writing.

  • Rule: The verb agrees with the subject even if a phrase comes between the subject and the verb.
  • Example: One of the shells is broken.  The fans who enjoyed the author’s new book are many.
  • Rule:  Singular words require a singular verb; i.e., each, each one, neither, either, everybody, everyone, nobody, anyone, someone, somebody and no one.
  • Example: Each of these shells is unique.  Everybody reads her books.
  • Rule: Nouns such as civics, dollars, measles, news and mathematics require singular verbs.
  • Example: The news is on at 10:00 P.M.  Note: The word dollars is different.  If referring to an amount of money, a singular verb is required; when specifically discussing dollars, use a plural verb.  Examples: It cost me nine

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