Subject Verb Agreement When The Subject Is A Collective Noun

April 12th, 2021

by Andrew Verboncouer

Subjects and verbs must be among them in numbers (singular or plural) together AGREE. So if a subject is singular, its verb must also be singular; If a subject is plural, its verb must also be plural. In your second sentence, the word “College`s” is more possessive than plural. We recommend focusing on the theme of the phrase which is “vision.” Even in formal writing, an em dash should be used sparingly. I also find the use of the plural form with collective subtantes problematic. One of the examples cited (the team was satisfied with its presentations) raises the question of the use of “sound” as a preposition pronoun. If “the team” is considered a singular, then the correct pronoun would be to give “he” “The team was happy with its presentations.” This seems to me to be quite acceptable, even if the prepositional name “presentations” is plural. This appears to run counter to the alleged principle that the case is based on plurality or not on prepositional-Nov. The sentence you quoted is deliberately intended to illustrate how Rule 14 works. Here too, Rule 14 states: “Sometimes the pronoun, object or object of a verb is in the middle of the sentence.

The pronouns that, and the singular or plural according to the noun, become right in front of them. So if this name is singular, use a singular verb. If it`s plural, use a plural verb.¬†Since the one in the middle of the sentence, in front of the noun, which is plural, we use the plural do. You don`t need to consider the word one in the sentence. The theme is “one.” You have eccentric access to grammar. Can you name an authority that would agree with you? In our opinion, common sense tells us that if the subject is one, one must use a singular verb. As we said in our blog Rules and Preferences, “we are all entitled to our preferences – even our prejudices – but explain them, everyone has to live, cross a line.” Thank you for your kind words. Yes, we agree that we often see and hear false agreements on subjects and verbs. In the case of your first sentence, “My number one fear is heart attack,” the sentence is not false, but it is said heavily. The theme of the phrase is “fear,” which is unique. The singular verb “is” is consistent with the subject.

The object, “heart attacks,” is plural, which makes the phrase strange. Is the person afraid of a heart attack or several heart attacks? We don`t know. In the case of a group of doctors is to travel…. in the previous rules, you mentioned that a collective noun followed by a pluralistic object of preposition agrees to a plural in different cases…. ZB “India has a team of players who are engaged” here we use `are`. Similarly, the group is a collective nomun, followed by doctors. Shouldn`t it be “a group of doctors traveling in Haiti?” In our rule 13 of the subject and verb agreement, it says: “Use a single verb with sums of money or periods.” Examples: $10 is a high price to pay. Five years is the maximum penalty for this offence.

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