They take plural verbs when used as indefinite quantifiers (see Rule 1 above): Rule 7. Use a single verb with distances, periods, sums of money, etc. if they are considered a unit. However, the subject-verb arrangement, while apparently complex, is fairly easy to grasp as soon as you analyze the sentence and break it into its components to understand the intended meaning. A common confusion is created with collective terms such as the committee, the majority, etc. Preposition phrases based on unspecified pronouns generally do not affect the number of verbs (see Rule 15). Exceptions to Rule 15 are unspecified pronouns and quantifiers (z.B. percent, fraction, part, some, all, most, more, none, in part, remains). To determine whether a singular or plural verb should be used with phrases containing such unspecified pronouns, look at the name in the sentence that follows the pronoun (i.e. you are looking at the object of the preposition). If the name is singular, use a singular verb; If the noun is plural, use a plural verb. Anyone who uses a plural verb with a collective noun must be careful to be precise – and also coherent.
This should not be done lightly. What follows is the kind of erroneous phrase that we see and hear these days: two singular subjects linked by or still require a singular verb. The themes will be either names or pronouns. Article 19 Number, diversity, majority/minority of Article 1. A theme will be in front of a sentence that will begin. It is a key rule for understanding the subjects. The word is the culprit in many, perhaps most, subject-word errors. Writers, speakers, readers and listeners who have been too hasty may regret the all-too-frequent error in the following sentence: here the verb should be the plural, for the courts have not come together and have acted as a collective group as a whole. Instead, they acted individually and, over time, gradually adopted a majority opinion.
Although this is probably a surprise, the collective noun takes the plural even without the plural prepositionalphrase (of surgeons or dishes). Thus, the following sentences from The Oxford Guide to Writing in s. 768 show good use. Rule 14 Non-essential sentences between the subject and the verb A must coincide with the subject, both in person and in numbers. Example: The list of items is on the desktop. If you know that the list is the topic, then choose for the verb. Article 3. The verb in either or either, or neither or the sentence is not closest to the name or pronoun. Article 5 bis. Sometimes the subject is separated from the verb by such words, as with, as well as, except, no, etc.
These words and phrases are not part of the subject. Ignore them and use a singular verb if the subject is singular. Case one. which, or immediately after the subject: the verb-subject agreement is never concerned with a subject complement. (A subject sequence follows a verb and designates or describes the subject.) The word there, a contraction of that, leads to bad habits in informal sentences as there are many people here today, because it is easier to say “there is” than “there is.”