If your sentence unites a positive subject and a negative subject and is a plural, the other singular, the verb should correspond to the positive subject. The indeterminate pronouns of each, each, no, no, no one, are always singular and therefore require singular verbs. Verbs in contemporary form for third parties, s-subjects (him, them, them and all that these words can represent) have s-endings. Other verbs do not add s-endings. 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 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.“ The expressions of rupture as half, part of, a percentage of, the majority of are sometimes singular and sometimes plural, depending on the meaning. (The same is true, of course, when all, all, more, most and some act as subjects.) The totals and products of mathematical processes are expressed in singular and require singular verbs. The phrase „more than one“ (weirdly) takes on a singular verb: „More than one student has tried to do so.“ In these constructs (called explective constructs), the subject follows the verb, but still determines the number of verbs. Sentences as with, well, and with are not the same as and. The phrase introduced by or together will change the previous word (in this case mayor), but it does not aggravate the subjects (as the word and would).

Sometimes modifiers come between a subject and its verb, but these modifiers should not confuse the match between the subject and his verb.

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