The subject-verb agreement is one of the first things you learn in teaching English: these words are irregular plural nouns (nouns that are not made by the addition of -s) and they take the plural form of the verb: these subjects are also singular, although they speak of a group of people. Select the correct form of the verb that corresponds to the subject. During this English lesson, you will learn some more advanced cases of subject-verb concordance that baffl many learners. These words always take the plural form of the verb: 15. Mathematics (is, are) John`s favorite subject, while civics (is, are) Andreas` favorite subject. 22. The Prime Minister (greets, greets) with his wife the press cordially. 8. Man with all the birds (live, live) on my way. “Many of the houses in this neighborhood don`t have a garage.” “How do you react when someone compliments you?” 9.
The film, including all previews, (take, takes) about two hours to watch. “Some students are not going to succeed.” 5. George and Tamara (not, not) want to see this movie. “Half of the students come from another country.” These words can be singular OR plural depending on what follows! “40% of people don`t support the new law.” To talk about a single member of the police, we can say police officers or police officers – or the term gender-neutral police officer. 23. All CDs, even scratched, are in this case. “In general, men don`t like to buy clothes.” 2. Either my mother or my father (is, are) come to meet. 7.
One of my sisters is on a trip to France. 4. Either my shoes or your coat (is, are) always on the floor. 19. There were fifteen candies in that bag. Now there is only one! 20. The committee (debates, debates) carefully examines these issues. “I don`t know if there`s anyone in the office right now.” 10.
The players, as well as the captain, (want, want) win. There is a debate about the word “data”! Technically, the data is plural (the singular form is “date”). In general, however, people often treat “data” as “information” – as countless nouns that adopt the singular form. . . .