In the second question, “John and Mark” is a composite subject connected by “and”, so it requires a plural verb: a sentence that begins with whom, that or that comes between subject and verb can cause problems of agreement. In the present tense, nouns and verbs form the plural in the opposite way: nouns ADD an s to the singular form; Verbs REMOVE the s from the singular form. If you encounter this problem in your own writing, you risk making someone unhappy, no matter what type of verb you choose. Your best chance of pleasing everyone is to rephrase the sentence so that you no longer have to struggle with the idea of the singular or plural. One way to rewrite the phrase about humility and decency is: “He embodies the best of the American spirit with his humility and decency. As for the problematic second sentence, you can very easily turn “your successful capture and pursuits are what we want” into “We want to stop you and pursue you successfully.” It`s also less verbose. Composite subjects can also be replaced with “and”, “or” (sometimes “either. or), and “again” (sometimes “neither. nor”): RULE OF THE VERB SUBJECT #2 Two or more SINGULAR subjects connected by a singular composite subject or (or) acting as a singular composite subject and therefore taking a singular verb to agree. As subjects, the following indefinite pronouns ALWAYS assume singular verbs.

Look at them closely. One of our readers asks when composite subjects take a plural verb and when they take a singular verb. The Kory Stamper editor offers some useful tips. This sentence refers to the individual efforts of each crew member. The Gregg Reference Manual provides excellent explanations of subject-verb correspondence (section 10:1001). 6. The words everyone, everyone, that is, none, everyone, everyone, everyone, everyone, nobody, someone, someone and no one are singular and require a singular verb. 3. Group nouns can be given in the plural to mean two or more units and thus take a plural verb. 1. A composite subject whose parts are connected by a plural verb and generally assume a plural verb, whether these parts are plural or singular: 2.

If two or more nouns or singular pronouns are always connected by or, use a singular verb. Subjects and verbs must correspond in number (singular or plural). So, if a subject is singular, its verb must also be singular; If a subject is plural, its verb must also be plural. If you are not sure whether to use a plural or singular verb, you can divide the composite subject at any time and instead use two separate sentences with simple subjects: If a sentence has more than one subject per verb, these subjects form a composite subject. Compound subjects can be singular, plural, or a mixture of both: compound nouns can act as a composite subject. In some cases, a composite subject poses particular problems for the subject-verb match rule (+s, -s). Exception 1. If the parts of a composite subject are connected by “and” but are generally considered a single entity, they take a singular verb, not a plural verb: in this example, because the subject, the book, is singular, the verb must also be singular. 10. Collective nouns are words that involve more than one person, but are considered singular and take on a singular verb, e.B.

group, team, committee, class and family. What happens if one part of the composite subject is singular and the other part is plural? The verb in such constructions is obvious. However, the subject does not come BEFORE the verb. Note the difference in meaning and therefore in the chosen verb (singular or plural) between the two uses of the statistics of the noun ics. The first question is more delicate. In American English, “name and date of birth” are so often seen together that they are often considered a unit. Since this is the case, it is more idiomatic to use the singular verb here, as mentioned in exception 1 above. So the preferred construct is, “What is their date of birth and date of birth?” What if your topics are related by “and” but you`re not sure if it`s one entity or several? Try inserting a simpler noun to clarify the sentence: you can check the verb by replacing the pronoun they with the composite subject.