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“OPPOSITES ATTRACT”

• THERE IS AN OLD SAYING: “OPPOSITES ATTRACT.” THE RULE FOR SINGULAR AND PLURAL VERB IS JUST
THE OPPOSITE OF THE RULE FOR SINGULAR AND PLURAL NOUN. REMEMBER THIS WHEN YOU MATCH
SUBJECTS AND VERBS.

CORNERSTONE/ GENERAL RULE


FORMS SUBJECT VERB
SINGULAR CAT (WITHOUT “S”) RUNS (WITH “S”)
PLURAL CATS (WITH “S”) RUN (WITHOUT “S”)
•THE DOG (GROWL,
GROWLS) WHEN HE IS ANGRY.
•THE DOG (GROWL,
GROWLS) WHEN HE IS ANGRY.
•THE MEMBERS, BUT NOT THE
CHAIRMAN, (HAS, HAVE) DECIDED
TO VOTE AGAINST THE PROPOSAL.
•THE MEMBERS, BUT NOT THE
CHAIRMAN, (HAS, HAVE) DECIDED
TO VOTE AGAINST THE PROPOSAL.
•THE DOG, WHO IS CHEWING ON
MY JEANS, (IS, ARE) USUALLY VERY
GOOD.
•THE DOG, WHO IS CHEWING ON
MY JEANS, (IS, ARE) USUALLY VERY
GOOD.
•THE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW (IS,
ARE) BEAUTIFUL.
•THE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW (IS,
ARE) BEAUTIFUL.
•THERE (IS, ARE) A PROBLEM WITH THE
BALANCE SHEET.
•HERE (IS, ARE) THE PAPERS YOU
REQUESTED.
•THERE (IS, ARE) A PROBLEM WITH THE
BALANCE SHEET.
•HERE (IS, ARE) THE PAPERS YOU
REQUESTED.
•WHERE (IS, ARE) THE PIECES OF
THIS PUZZLE?
•WHERE (IS, ARE) THE PIECES OF
THIS PUZZLE?
•THE COW AND THE PIG (IS, ARE)
JUMPING OVER THE MOON.
•THE COW AND THE PIG (IS, ARE)
JUMPING OVER THE MOON.
•RED BEANS AND RICE (IS, ARE) MY
MOM'S FAVORITE DISH.
•RED BEANS AND RICE (IS, ARE) MY
MOM'S FAVORITE DISH.
•NO SMOKING OR DRINKING (IS, ARE) ALLOWED.
•EVERY MAN AND WOMAN (IS, ARE) REQUIRED TO
CHECK IN.
•EACH PET (NEED, NEEDS) TO BE VACCINATED.
•NO SMOKING OR DRINKING (IS, ARE) ALLOWED.
•EVERY MAN AND WOMAN (IS, ARE) REQUIRED TO
CHECK IN.
•EACH PET (NEED, NEEDS) TO BE VACCINATED.
•EITHER JESSICA OR CHRISTIAN
(IS, ARE) TO BLAME FOR THE
ACCIDENT.
•EITHER JESSICA OR CHRISTIAN
(IS, ARE) TO BLAME FOR THE
ACCIDENT.
•ALL OF THE CHICKEN (IS, ARE)
GONE.
•ALL OF THE CHICKEN (IS, ARE)
GONE.
•FOUR QUARTS OF OIL (WAS,
WERE) REQUIRED TO GET THE CAR
RUNNING.
•FOUR QUARTS OF OIL (WAS,
WERE) REQUIRED TO GET THE CAR
RUNNING.
•EVERYBODY (WANT, WANTS) TO
BE LOVED.
•EVERYBODY (WANT, WANTS) TO
BE LOVED.
•FEW (WAS, WERE) LEFT ALIVE
AFTER THE FLOOD.
•FEW (WAS, WERE) LEFT ALIVE
AFTER THE FLOOD.
•TO WALK AND TO CHEW GUM
(REQUIRE, REQUIRES) GREAT
SKILL.
•STANDING IN THE WATER (WAS, WERE) A
BAD IDEA.
•SWIMMING IN THE OCEAN AND PLAYING
DRUMS (IS, ARE) MY HOBBIES.
•STANDING IN THE WATER (WAS, WERE) A
BAD IDEA.
•SWIMMING IN THE OCEAN AND PLAYING
DRUMS (IS, ARE) MY HOBBIES.
•THE HERD (IS, ARE) STAMPEDING.
•THE HERD (IS, ARE) STAMPEDING.
•THE BURBS (IS, ARE) A MOVIE
STARRING TOM HANKS.
•THE BURBS (IS, ARE) A MOVIE
STARRING TOM HANKS.
•MY BROTHER, ALONG WITH OUR
FRIENDS, (IS, ARE) LOOKING
FORWARD TO THIS WEEKEND.
•MY BROTHER, ALONG WITH OUR
FRIENDS, (IS, ARE) LOOKING
FORWARD TO THIS WEEKEND.
•A NUMBER OF OBJECTIONS (WAS,
WERE) RAISED AGAINST THE
PROPOSAL.
•A NUMBER OF OBJECTIONS (WAS,
WERE) RAISED AGAINST THE
PROPOSAL.
•THE NUMBER OF AVAILABLE JOBS
(IS, ARE) SHRINKING RAPIDLY.
•THE NUMBER OF AVAILABLE JOBS
(IS, ARE) SHRINKING RAPIDLY.
EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULES:
• "ANYONE," "EVERYONE," "SOMEONE," "NO ONE," AND "NOBODY" ALWAYS REQUIRE SINGULAR VERBS.
• "NEITHER" AND "EITHER" REQUIRE SINGULAR VERBS EVEN THOUGH THEY SEEM TO BE REFERRING TO TWO
SEPARATE THINGS.
• WHEN A SENTENCE COMPOUNDS A POSITIVE AND A NEGATIVE SUBJECT AND ONLY ONE IS PLURAL, THE
VERB SHOULD AGREE WITH THE POSITIVE SUBJECT.
• WORDS THAT INDICATE PORTIONS OF A WHOLE, SUCH AS "PERCENT," "FRACTION," "SOME," "NONE," AND
"REMAINDER" REQUIRE A SINGULAR VERB ONLY IF THE OBJECT OF THE PREPOSITION IS SINGULAR.
EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULES:
• "WHO," "THAT," AND "WHICH" CAN BE SINGULAR OR PLURAL, ACCORDING TO THE NOUN DIRECTLY IN
FRONT OF THEM.
• THE PHRASE INTRODUCED BY "AS WELL AS" OR "ALONG WITH" MODIFIES THE EARLIER WORD, BUT
DOESN'T COMPOUND THE SUBJECTS.
• MODIFIERS BETWEEN THE SUBJECT AND VERB DO NOT AFFECT WHETHER THE VERB IS SINGULAR OR
PLURAL.
• JUST BECAUSE A WORD ENDS IN -S DOESN'T AUTOMATICALLY MAKE IT PLURAL.