Article 1. A theme will be in front of a sentence that will begin. It is a key rule for understanding the subjects. The word is the culprit in many, perhaps most, subject-word errors. Haschischer`s writers, speakers, readers and listeners might regret the all-too-frequent error in the following sentence: 1. If the theme of a sentence is composed of two or more subtants or pronouns bound by a plural verb, and use it. Of course, group nouns, like other nouns, can also appear in plural forms (with a s). In informal writing, neither take a plural verb, so these pronouns are followed by a prepositionphrase that begins with. This is especially true for interrogation constructions: «Did two clowns read the mission?» «You`re taking this seriously?» Burchfield calls it «a conflict between the fictitious agreement and the actual agreement.» Don`t be confused by the word «student»; the subject is everyone and everyone is always singular Everyone is responsible. The rest of this teaching unit examines the problems of agreement that may result from the placement of words in sentences. There are four main problems: prepositional sentences, clauses that start with who, this, or who, sentences that start here or there, and questions. The verb in such constructions is or is obvious.
However, the subject does not come BEFORE the verb. The names of sports teams that do not end in «s» take a plural verb: the Miami Heat have searched, the Connecticut Sun hopes that new talent . You`ll find help solving this problem in the plural section. 3. Compound themes that are bound by and are always plural. For example, no one was available to meet me at my favorite times. Sometimes names take strange forms and can fool us to think that they are plural if they are truly singular and vice versa. You`ll find more help in the section on plural forms of nouns and in the section on collective nouns. Words such as glasses, pants, pliers and scissors are considered plural (and require plural verbs), unless they are followed by the pair of sentences (in this case, the pair of words becomes subject). In contemporary forms, nouns and verbs form dissertations in the opposite way: However, the plural verb is used when the emphasis is on the individuals in the group. It`s much rarer.
Note: Two or more plural topics that are bound by or not would naturally use a plural verb to accept. If we refer to the group as a whole and therefore to a unity, we consider the nominus singular. In this case, we use a singular verb. The rest of this teaching unit deals with some more advanced rules for the agreement of technical verbs and with exceptions to the original subject-verb agreement rule If used in the plural form, group nouns mean more than one group.