These words are irregular plural nouns (nouns that are not made by adding -s) and they take the plural form of the verb: choose the correct form of the verb that corresponds to the subject. These words always take the plural form of the verb: in this English lesson, you will learn some more advanced cases of subject-verb agreement that confuse many learners. Subject-verb agreement is one of the first things you learn in English class: 21. The members of the commission (guide, guide) are very different in private. 10. The players, as well as the captain, (want, want) win. . “I don`t know if there`s anyone in the office right now.” “40% of people don`t support the new law.” Note: In British English, “family” and “team” are often plural. These questions are also singular, although they speak of a group of people. “Half of the students come from another country.” 22. The Prime Minister (greets, greets) warmly the press with his wife.
9. The movie, including all previews, (take, takes) about two hours to watch. 4. Either my shoes or your coat (is, are) always on the floor. 16. Eight dollars (is, are) today the price of a film. 20. The committee (debates, debates) examines these issues carefully. “In general, men don`t like to buy clothes.” “Many of the houses in this neighborhood don`t have a garage.” There is a debate about the word “data”! Technically, the data is plural (the singular form is “date”). However, in everyday language, people often treat “data” as “information” – as countless nouns that adopt the singular form. Both forms are therefore correct: “The data is correct” and “The data is correct”. To learn more about the “data debate”, click here and here.
15. Mathematics (is, are) John`s favorite subject, while civics (is, are) Andreas` favorite subject. “How do you react when someone compliments you?” 8. Man with all the birds (live, live) on my way. 5. George and Tamara (don`t, don`t) want to see this movie. 2. Either my mother or my father (is, are) come to meet. 19. There were fifteen candies in that bag. Now there is only one! 23.
All CDs, even scratched, are in this case. 7. One of my sisters is on a trip to France. To talk about a single member of the police, we can say police officers or police officers – or the term gender-neutral police officer. These words can be singular OR plural depending on what follows! “Some students will not exist.”