The rule of thumb. A singular subject (she, Bill, auto) takes a singular verb (is, goes, shines), while a plural subject takes on a plural verb. The first example expresses a wish, not a fact; Therefore, what we usually consider plural is used with the singular. (Technically, this is the singular theme of the object clause in the subjunctive mind: it was Friday.) Usually, it would look awful. However, in the second example, where a question is formulated, the spirit of subjunctive is true. Note: the subjunctive mind is losing ground in spoken English, but should nevertheless be used in speeches and formal writings. 14. Unspecified pronouns usually take individual verbs (with a few exceptions). Example: the quality of the apples was not good. In addition, the “quality of apples” and the verb “were.” As the theme “apple quality” is singular, the singular verb “was” should have been used instead of “were.” The correct sentence is: the quality of the apples was not good. “Word” by number and per person of the subject.
Some names like news, physics, statistics, economics, gymnastics, aerobics, measles, mumps and headquarters that end in`s seem plural, but are in fact singularly, and so they take singular verbs. 16. If two infinitives are separated by “and” they adopt the plural form of the verb. 10-A. Using one of these is a pluralistic verb. Collective nouns such as class, committee, herd, public, crew, team, government, businesses, public and group generally take individual verbs. This is the most commonly used rule on the subject verb agreement and will serve your purpose in most cases. If you want to learn other grammatical rules and exercise exercises, you can see The Rules of Prepositions (with examples and quiz questions) and exercises on prepositions. 4. For compound subjects bound by or/nor, the verb corresponds to the subject that comes close to it. 5.
Subjects are not always confronted with verbs when it comes to questions. Be sure to identify the pattern before choosing the right verb form.