In today`s daily grammar, we will look at unusual cases of what we call subject-verb correspondence. If you can ask how much?, use a plural. This question indicates several units. This sentence refers to the individual efforts of each crew member. The Gregg Reference Manual provides excellent explanations of subject-verb correspondence (section 10:1001). This is the basic idea of subject-verb concordance. However, English speakers do not always use singular nouns with singular verbs, as we will see. If majority/minority means an unspecified number more or less than 50%, use a singulareverb: 4. Is not a contraction and should only be used with a singular subject. Don`t is a contraction of do not and should only be used with a plural meeting. They take a singular verb when they refer to a single size: in the first sentence, the subject is a dollar. A dollar is unique.
The verb be is also singular. Rule 9. In collective nouns such as group, jury, family, audience, population, the verb can be singular or plural, depending on the intention of the author. For a collective noun, use either a singular verb or a plural lock, depending on whether you want to highlight the group or its individual members: Shouldn`t Joe be followed by what, not were, since Joe is singular? But Joe isn`t really there, so let`s say we weren`t there. The sentence demonstrates the subjunctive mind used to express hypothetical, desiring, imaginary, or objectively contradictory things. The subjunctive connects singular subjects to what we usually think of as a plural rush. Example: the list of items is on the desktop.