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Agreement of the verb with the subject
Singular subjects take singular verbs
A verb must agree with its subject in number and person.
Sometimes due to what is called ‘the error of proximity’ a verb is made to agree with the nearest noun, and not its proper subject. This practice should be avoided.
Consider the examples given below:
as well as
We use singular verbs with a singular subject followed by ‘with’ or ‘as well as’.
When one of the subjects joined by or or nor is plural, the verb must be plural in number, and the plural subject should be placed nearest to the verb.
When the subjects joined by or or nor are of different persons, the verb agrees with the nearest noun.
It is better to avoid these constructions and to write:
Either, neither etc.
Either, neither, each, everyone and many a must be followed by a singular verb.
A collective noun can take either a singular or a plural verb. Note that collective nouns are always singular in American English.
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