Shouldn`t Joe be followed by what, not were, since Joe is singular? But Joe isn`t really there, so let`s say we weren`t there. The sentence demonstrates the subjunctive mind used to express hypothetical, desiring, imaginary, or objectively contradictory things. The subjunctive connects singular subjects to what we usually think of as a plural rush. So far, we have worked with compound subjects whose individual parts are either singular or plural What if one part of the compound subject is singular and the other is plural? Subject Verb Agreement Rule 3. If the word and two or more nouns or pronouns are joined, use a plural verb. Some indefinite pronouns are always singular and need a singular verb, for example: everyone, everybody, everything, nobody, someone See the section on Plural for additional help with subject-verb concordance. Composite subjects can act as a composite subject. In some cases, a composite subject poses particular problems for the subject/verb compliance rule (+s, -s). This rule can lead to bumps in the road. For example, if I am one of the two (or more) subjects, it could lead to this strange sentence: the verb in such constructions is or is obvious. However, the subject does not come before the verb. In the very simple example above, it is clear that the subject is Singular and the subject It is plural.
And it is clear that the verb is consistent in all cases. But in some sentences, it`s not always that simple. The following guidelines will help you decide how to match a verb to its subject. In the present, nouns and verbs form the plurary in the opposite way: addisants substants un s to the singular form; Verbs Remove the s from the singular form. Some indefinite pronouns are particularly annoying Everyone (even listed above) certainly feels like more than one person and therefore students are sometimes tempted to use a bural with them. But they are always singular. Each is often followed by a prepositional sentence that ends with a plural word (each of the cars), disorienting the choice of verb. Everyone too is always singular and requires a singular verb. Sometimes nouns take on strange shapes and can make us think that they are plural when they are really singular and vice versa. See the section on plural forms of names and the section on collective names for additional help. Words like glasses, pants, pliers, and scissors are considered plural (and require plural verbs), unless the pair of sentences is preceded by them (in this case, the pair of words becomes subject). Anyone who uses a plural bural with a collective must be careful to be accurate – and consistent too.
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