16 Grammar Rules - Subject-Verb Agreement

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First Rule

Subject = Singular, Verb = Singular. Subject = Plural, Verb = Plural

Second Rule

'And' = compound subject. Compound Subject = plural = plural verb.

Third Rule

Subject = back of a sentence

Fourth Rule

Subject and Verb separated by appositives - ignore and look if they are in agreement. If not, check the other parts of the sentence.

Fifth Rule

Either - or, Neither - nor sentences - 2nd subject = singular, Verb = singular. 2nd subject = plural, Verb = plural

Sixth Rule

Noun and Number agreement

Seventh Rule

Illogical comparisons

Eighth Rule

With, along with, in addition to, as well as - DO NOT change original number of subject

Ninth Rule

Be careful of: _ of _ - Real subject is before the word of

Tenth Rule

Each, either, neither, every(one/body), no (one/body) = singular

Eleventh Rule

Both, several, many are usually plural

Twelfth Rule

Collective nouns are singular

Thirteenth Rule

A number of = plural, The number of = singular

Fourteenth Rule

Subjects - singular or plural depending on context

Fifteenth Rule

Missing Subjects

Sixteenth Rule

"There is" - alters normal word order and confuses

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