Compound Subjects When one or more individual subjects are linked by Orornor to one or more plural subjects, the subject closest to the verb determines the concordance – Neither the atmosphere nor the clouds exist on Mercury. There are no clouds or atmospheres on Mercury. Potato puree and sauce (east/are) essential with friendly chicken. 2 subjects that are bound by “and” usually have a plural verb: English and mathematics are my favorite subjects. The boy in the red car and the girl in the blue car drive down the street. Subject 3 Exceptions to this rule, part 1:1. Where the subjects call the same person, the same place, the thing or the idea: the winner and always champion of the boxing tournament is Sally. Note: “Sally” is a nominative predicate – the name or pronoun in the predicate that names the subject. If we change the subject with the predictive nominative, the sentence always says the same thing, and in this case it makes it obvious “is” and not “are” to use. RULE #2 If 2 subjects singular or connected, use a singular verb Compound Subjects Two or more singular subjects joined by or or nor have a singular verb – either Jupiter or Saturn makes a fascinating theme of the study. Two or more plurals connected by Orornor must have a plural verb – Space probes or spaceships provide information about space.
Confused Topics Difficult to Find Topics – When a subject comes according to its verb, the verb must still agree with the subject in numbers A sentence in which the subject comes after his verb is supposedly inverted – one can verify the subject-verb chord by mentally placing the sentence in order of the normal subject-verb – Which of the scientific reports has read it? (she read which of the scientific reports?) Subjects of the verb link A link must correspond to its subject, regardless of the number of predictors (the name or pronoun that names, identifies or explains the subject) – moon craters are a sign of meteor storms. A sign of meteor storms are the moon craters. 5 singular subjects linked by “or” or “nor” have a singular form: either Billy or Sally mark the highest in the test. Neither Billy nor Sally study for less than five hours for the test. Theme 6 When a single subject and a plural subject are associated with “or” or “nor,” the verb corresponds to the following subject: Meeting experts either the student or the teacher answers the phone when it rings. Neither the teacher nor the student answers the phone when it rings. Theme 8 In sentences beginning with “there is” or “there,” the subject follows the verb.