So far, we have worked with compound subjects whose elements are either singular or plural. The person in the subject may be first, second and third. The verb changes depending on the number and person of the subject. 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. Twentyst may seem like a lot of rules for one subject, but you`ll quickly notice that one is related to the other. In the end, everything will make sense. (In the following examples, the consenting subject is large and the verb in italics.) 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. Sugar is unspeakable; Therefore, the sentence has a singular verb.
RULE5: Subjects related to “and” are plural. Subjects related to “or” or “Nor” take a verb that corresponds to the last subject. For example, Bob and George are leaving. Neither Bob nor George go. The nouns, bound by conjunction and in the subject, work as plural subjects and take a plural verb. The problem with grammar rules, from the point of view of modern linguistics, is that many rules are not absolute. There are many exceptions to the rules, as we can see here. It may be useful to mark compressed lists of rules like these as bookmarks. The words that come between the subject and the verb have no influence on the number (singular or plural) of the verb. 4.
Remember the indeterminate Pronoun EXCEPTIONS, which is dealt with in section 3.5, p.18: Some, Any, None, All and Most. The number of these subjects is influenced by a prepositionphrase between the subject and the verb. Use a singular verb form after “none” if the word means “person” or “not one.” For example, she writes every day. Exception: If you use the singular “she,” use plural shapes. For example, the participant was satisfied with his work. You currently play a leadership role in the organization. Note: either and neither is singular if they are not used with and and or. No single subject is a single subject when used alone. If used with a prepositional sentence beginning with it, the subject can be both plural and singular. (For the uninitiated, unlike the action verb, a link shows no action.
The goal is to combine one idea with the other. For example, in the phrase “the cat is hungry,” “is” attached verb. It shows no action.) 7.