Rule #8 – The phrase “more than one” takes on a singular verb (yes, I know, it doesn`t make sense; try to remember that it is followed by an explicit or implied verb). More than one box is in the hallway. More than one is sitting in the hallway. Rule #6 – Everyone takes a singular verb. Each boy is excited by the encounter; Everyone is well prepared. The emphasis is on the emphasis, as are the rules on collective nouns. The use of the word “everyone” automatically focuses on individuals and therefore takes on a singular verb. Rule #3 sets of connections, sets as combined with, coupled with, accompanied with, with, with, and, thus, do not change the number of theme. These phrases are usually sold with commas. Oil, as well as gas, is a popular heating choice. Even though it seems that we are talking about oil and gas, and it should take a plural verb, we do not. We ignore the sentence that is compensated by commas and rather approve of the singularity point “oil” – Peanut butter combined with bread and jelly is a delicious snack. Here, peanut butter, bread and jelly are a unit, a sandwich, so no comma is needed.
However, we still ignore the phrase “combined with bread and jelly” and take the singular verb. Rule #4 – Collective nouns (team, couple, staff, etc.) adopt either a singular or plural verb, depending on whether the emphasis is on individual units or on the group as a whole. The football team trains day and night for the Super Bowl. In this sentence, the focus is on the team as a group, so it needs a singular verb. The Boston School Board does not agree on what should be removed from the school budget. In this case, the focus is on individual units, so it takes a plural verb. Rule #10 – Use a singular verb with money, if the amount is specific; If the amount is vague, use a plural verb. In the space of one year, $5 million was spent on the construction of a new plant and millions more were spent on training future plant workers.
As $5 million is a certain amount, we use the singular verb – Since “millions more” is vague, we use a plural rule #1: A composite subject composed by the word “and” adopts a plural verb, unless the intended meaning is singular. “You and I run every day. If there were only “she” as a subject, the verb “race” would be because the subject is then singular. So why don`t I “walk”? Peanut butter and jelly is my favorite sandwich. In this case, the idea of peanut butter and jelly is a unique object (it`s a kind of sandwich), so it takes the singular verb. 11 Other names of memories that end in “s” but are in fact only an object, take the plural verbs. Z.B. Pants, pliers and scissors Remember to check carefully the subjects that are separated from the verb by words or phrases. Ex.
John works at the pizza parlor, as do his two friends. Rule #7 – None takes a singular verb if it is singular and a plural verb if its reference play is plural. None of the peas are left on Sean`s plate. As “none” refers to the plural “peas,” it takes a plural verb – What is the subject in this sentence? No book is reproducible without permission.