These words always take the plural form of the verb: These words are irregular plural names (names that are not made by adding -s) and they adopt the plural form of the verb: In this English lesson, you will learn some more advanced cases of subject-verb agreement that confuse many learners. Choose the correct form of the verb that matches the theme. Combine the following sentences with an appropriate form of verb indicated in parentheses. 15. Mathematics (is, are) John`s favorite subject, while Civics (is) Andreas the preferred subject. The subject-verb chord is one of the first things you learn in English class: these subjects are also unique, although they speak of a group of people. 2. Either my mother or my father (east, are) come to the assembly. 19. There were fifteen candies in that bag. Now there`s only one left! There is a debate about the word “data”! Technically, the data are plural (the singular shape is “date”). But in common usage, people often treat “data” as “information” – like a myriad of nostun that takes on a singular form. So both forms are correct: “The data is correct” and “The data is accurate.” To learn more about the “data debate,” click here and here.
22. The Prime Minister, together with his wife, cordially greets the press. 2. Many mangoes and bananas are available this season. 20. The Committee (debate, debate) has carefully addressed these issues. 5. George and Tamara (no, no) want to see this film.
Note: in British English, the “family” and “team” are often plural. 16. Eight dollars (is, is) the price of a movie these days. 10. Players, as well as the captain, (wants, wants) to win. 21. Committee members (management, management) have very different lives in the private sector. 6. The brothers and their sister are good at studying.
“Some students won`t make it.” 23. All CDs, even scratched, (are) in this case. 9. The children and their mothers are missing. These words can be singular or plural depending on what follows them! “Men don`t usually like to buy clothes.” 7. One of my sisters (east, are) on a trip to France. “Half of the students come from another country.” “Many houses in this area don`t have garages.” 8. Man with all the birds (live, live) on my way. 9.
The film, including all previews, (take, takes) about two hours to see. “40% of people don`t support the new law.” 7. Students accompanied by their teacher had a picnic. “How do you react when someone compliments you?” To refer to a single member of the police, we can say policeman or police — or the term neutral from a gender point of view. 3. A dictionary and an atlas are missing from the library. “I don`t know if there`s anyone in the office.” 4. The Chief and his brothers belong to the same tribe. 4. Either my shoes or your coat (is, are) always on the floor.