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SINGULAR SUBJECTS JOINED BY OR OR NOR TAKE A SINGULAR

VERB, BUT WHEN THERE IS A SINGULAR AND PLURAL SUBJECT JOINED BY


OR OR NOR, THE VERB MUST AGREE WITH THE NEAREST SUBJECT.

EX: The coach or the assistant principal is in charge of the school’s equipment.
Candy or flowers make a good gift for Valentine’s Day.

Write the correct form of the verb in parenthesis so it agrees with the subject.

1. (is/are) Apple pie or peach cobbler _____on the menu.


2. (falls/fall) Neither Mother’s Day nor Memorial Day _____ in July.
3. (is/are) The red sweater or the brown suit _____ a good value.
4. (has/have) Neither my sisters nor my brother _____ a key to the house.
5. (is/are) The roses or sweet peas _____ nice choice for your garden.
6. (has been chosen/have been chosen) Soybeans or wheat ____________ by
the farmers to plant this year.
7. (impresses/impress) Neither riches nor fame _________ Jasmine.
8. (is being considered/are being considered) Conservation or recycling
______________ for our class science project.
9. (is/are) Walnuts or pecans _____ great in brownies and fudge.
10. (is/are) The crabmeat salad or the turtle soup ______good.
11. (is needed/are needed) Neither nails nor screws _______________ to
assemble this bookshelf.
12. (agrees/agree) Neither Beth nor Bob ________ with your plan.
13. (is/are) Games or models ______available at this toy store.
14. (keeps/keep) Neither rain nor snow ______ the postman from delivering the
mail.
15. (is going/are going) Either my father or my brothers _________to sell the
house.

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