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You can check the verb by replacing the pronoun for the compound subject. The rules of the subject verb agreement apply to all personal pronouns, except me and you, which, although SINGULAIRE, require plural forms of verbs. RULE5: Subjects related to „and“ are plural. Subjects related to „or“ or „Nor“ take a verb that corresponds to the last subject. For example, Bob and George are leaving. Neither Bob nor George go. In these constructs (called explective constructs), the subject follows the verb, but still determines the number of verbs. Some undefined pronouns like everyone else, some are singular or plural depending on what they relate to. (Is the thing referred to referred to or not referred to?) Be careful when selecting a verb to accompany these pronouns. The first example expresses a wish, not a fact; Therefore, what we usually consider plural is used with the singular. (Technically, this is the singular theme of the object clause in the subjunctive mind: it was Friday.) Usually, it would look awful. However, in the second example, where a question is formulated, the spirit of subjunctive is true. Note: the subjunctive mind is losing ground in spoken English, but should nevertheless be used in speeches and formal writings.

If your sentence unites a positive subject and a negative subject and is a plural, the other singular, the verb should correspond to the positive subject. A clause that begins with whom, the one or the others, and the coming between the subject and the verb, can cause insequements. 4. For compound subjects bound by or/nor, the verb corresponds to the subject that comes close to it. 2. If two or more individual names or pronouns are bound by or even, use a singular verb. Example: The list of items is on the desktop. If you know that the list is the topic, then choose for the verb. As in this example, the subject, the book, is singular, the verb must also be singular. You will find other sentences showing the correct match between the subject and the verb in examples of subject-verb chords.