WRONG USAGE OF SUBJECT–VERB AGREEMENT ENGLISH GRAMMAR
- Two or more singular subjects connected by and usually take a verb in the plural.
Incorrect- Hari and Ram is here.
Correct- Hari and Ram are here
- If two singular nouns refer to the same person or thing, the Verb must be Singular.
Incorrect- The Secretary and Principal are coming.
Correct- The Secretary and Principal is coming. (Here the same person is Secretary as well as Principal)
- If the singular subjects are preceded by each or every, the verb is usually singular.
Incorrect- Every boy and girl were ready.
Correct- Every boy and girl was ready.
- Two or more singular subjects connected by or, ‘nor’, ‘either’….. ‘Or’, ‘neither’…. ‘Nor’ take a verb in the singular.
Incorrect- Neither he nor I were there.
Correct- Neither he nor I was there.
- When the subjects joined by ‘or/nor’ are of different numbers, the verb must be plural, and the Plural Subject must be placed next to the Verb.
Incorrect – Neither the Assistant Masters nor the Headmaster was present.
Correct- Neither the Headmaster nor the Assistant Masters were present.
- When the Subjects joined by or, nor are of different persons, the Verb agrees in person with the one nearest to it.
Incorrect- Either he or I is mistaken.
Correct- Either he or I, am mistaken.
- A Collective Noun takes a Singular Verb when the collection is thought of as a whole, a Plural verb when the individuals of which it is composed are thought of.
Correct- The Council has chosen the President.
Correct- The military were called out.
- Some Nouns which are singular in form but plural in meaning, take a Plural Verb.
Incorrect- Mathematics are a branch of study in every school.
Correct- Mathematics is a branch of study in every school.
- Words joined to a Singular Subject by with, together with, in addition to, or, as well as, etc. are parenthetical, and therefore do not affect the number of the Verb.
Incorrect- The Chief, with all his men, were massacred.
Correct-The chief, with all his men, was massacred.
- When the Subject of the Verb is a Relative Pronoun care should be taken to see that the Verb agrees in Number and Person with the Antecedent of the relative.
Incorrect- I, who is your friend, will guard your interests.
Correct- I, who am your friend will guard your interests.
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