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Correct or incorrect:

One of the nation's largest investor sell-offs are hitting the stock market hard today.
Incorrect.

Should be written: One of the nation's largest investor sell-offs is hitting the stock market hard today.
What is subject-verb agreement?
A verb must agree with the intended number of its subject.
What are the two steps to following the subject-verb agreement rule?
(1) Find the true subject

(2) Decide whether that subject is singular or plural.
Is the object of a prepostion a subject?
no
Somewhere between these two arguments lies the truth.

What is the object of the preposition?
arguments
Can a predicate nominative be a subject?
no
The hidden surprize physicians fear most is rapidly growing infections.

What is the predicate nominative in this sentence?
infections
Creating new investment opportunities is her number one goal.

What is the real subject?
Creating is the true subject and also a gerund.
Can a subject be the word there or here?
no
There have been more than 100 cases of influenxa reported this week.

What is the true subject?
cases
Can a phrase that is parenthetical be a true subject?
no
The welfare legislation, as well as two relsoutions on medical aid, was sent to the subcommittee for hearings.

What is the true subject?
legislation
Correct or incorrect:

The rate is homicides is dropping.
correct
Correct or Incorrect:

Her biggest motivation was the children, who graphed hope with eager hands.
correct
Correct or Incorrect:

Creating prize winning commercials are Dan's lifelong dream.
Incorrect.

Creating prize winning commercials is Dan's lifelong dream.

Subject-Verb agreement
Correct or incorrect:

Here is the announcements on the president's agenda.
Incorrect.

Here are the announcements on the president's agenda.
Correct or Incorrect:

The fitness center, along with the espresso and wine bars, were destroyed in the fire.
Incorrect.

The fitness center, along with espresso and wine bars, was destoryed in the fire.
Fill in the blank:

As the _________ of a sentence, the pronouns each, either, anyone, everyone, much, no one, nothing and someone always take ________ verbs.
subject, singular
When each, either, every or neither is used as an ________, the noun is modifies always takes a ________ verb.
adjective, singular
Correct or incorrect:

Each of his stock picks have lost money this week.
Incorrect.

Each of his stock picks has lost money this week.
Correct or incorrect:

Everyone is ready to play bingo.
correct.
Correct or incorrect:

Every jar of pickles was spoiled.
correct
Neither choice is seems very attractive.

Correct or incorrect?
correct
Fill in the blank:

The personal pronoun ____, used as the subject of a sentence, always takes a _______ verb.
it, singular
As President Harding said, it wasn't his enimies who brought him down; they were his friends.

correct or incorrect?
Incorrect.

As President Harding said, it wasn't his enemies who brought him down; it was his friends.
Fill in the blank:

When __________ is the subject of a sentence, it always takes a singular verb, no matter the number of the noun in the prepostional phrase.
the number
Correct or incorrect:

The number of skate boarding injuries have dropped dramatically.
incorrect.

The number of skate boarding injuries has dropped dramatically.
Fill in the blank:

Subjects that stand for definable unites of money, mesaurement, time, organiation, food and medical problems aalways take the _______ verbs.
singular
Correct or incorrect:

One hundred thousand dollars are the winning bid for the abandoned brewery
incorrect

One hundred thousand dollars is the winning bid for the abandoned brewery
Twenty-six miles, 385 yards was the official distance for the marathon.

Correct or incorrect?
incorrect.

Twenty-six miles, 385 yards is the official distance for the marathon.
Correct or incorrect?

The UNited Steelworkers has threatened a stirke.
correct.
Correct or incorrect?

Grits and collard greens are a dish I associate with my college roommate.
Incorrect.

Grits and collard greens is a dish I associate with my college roommate.
Correct or incorrect?

Measles wears down parents as well as children.
correct
Fill in the blank:

A singular subject followed by such phrases as together with and as well always takes a singular verb, because those __________ are merely modifications of their __________.
phrases, subjects
The new Internet Service company, as well as two of its proposed new business plans, have attracted the attention of venture capitalists.

Correct or incorrect?
incorrect.

The new Internet service company, as well as two of its proposed new business plans, has attracted the attention of venture capitalists.
When all parts of a compound subject are singular and refer to the same person or thing, the verb is always ________.
singular.
The president and board chair are Sarah Foster.

Correct or incorrect?
incorrect.

The president and the board chair is Sarah Foster.
When a compound subject is joined by the conjunction and, it always takes a plural verb if the subjects refer to different persons or things and if the subject cannot be considered a ______.
unit
Two partridges and one pear tree was discovered on the twelve day of the excavation.

correct or incorrect
incorrect.

Two partridges and one pear tree were discovered on the twelfth day of the excavation.
As the subject of a sentence, indefinate pronounds such as both, few, and several always take a plural verb.

Many are but cold, but few _____ frozen.
are
Well recognized foreign plurals require plural verbs if they do not denote a _____.
unit
Correct or Incorrect?

The news media is under attack for their coverage of the "Bingo-gate" scandal.
Incorrect.

The news media are under attack for their coverage of the "Bingo-gate" scandal.
Correct or Incorrect?

Her upper vertebrae were crushed in the accident.
correct
"A number" as the subject takes a plural verb because it does not denote a ________ unit.
cohesive
A number of prominent accountants have been arrested.

Correct or incorrect
correct
When a compound subject contains the conjunction "or" or "but" or contains an either.."or" or "either"... "nor" correlative, the subject closest to the verb _________ the number of the verb.
determines
The nose rings or the eyebrow studs have to be removed.

Correct or incorrect?
incorrect.

The nose rings or the eyebrow studs has to be removed.
Neither he nor his partners has reported for work.

Correct or incorrect?
incorrect

Neither he nor his partners have reported to work.

plural verb
Correct or incorrect:

Politics are a topic to avoid at parties.
incorrect.

Politics is a topic to avoid at parties.
correct or incorrect:

The mayor's politics is offensive.
incorrect.

The mayor's politcs are offensive.
The jury looks concerned.

Correct or incorrect?
correct
Correct or incorrect:

Acoustics is the scientific study of sound.
correct
Correct or Incorrect:

The acoustics in this auditorium is terrible.
incorrect.

The acoustics in this room are terrible.
Correct or Incorrect:

All of the ceramics plant was destroyed.
correct
Correct or Incorrect:

All of theater receipts is missing.
Incorrect.

All the theater receipts are missing.
Correct or Incorrect:

Most of the day's work was wasted.
correct.
Correct or Incorrect:

Most of the team members were uninjured.
correct.
Correct or Incorrect:

None of the prosecution witnesses is expected to testify today.
correct.
Correct or Incorrect:

None of the stolen goods were recovered.
correct.
None of the indicted stockbrokers is women.
Incorrect.

None of the indicted stockbrokers are women.
Correct or Incorrect:

Three-fourths of Iowa farmland are under water this morning.
Incorrect.

Three-forths of Iowa farmland is under water this morning.
Correct or Incorrect:

Three-forths of payroll checks have been lost.
correct
Correct or Incorrect:

Half of the rent money is missing.
correct
Correct or Incorrect:

Half of the rent receipts is missing.
Incorrect.

Half of the rent receipts are missing.
What is an antecendent?
An antecendent is a noun to which a pronoun refers
Correct or Incorrect:

Carrot Top is one of the funniest graduate students who have ever attended the university.
correct
Correct or incorrect:

Frigid Fjord is the only brand of sardines that has not given me heartburn.
correct
Do the antecendent and pronouna agree?

The sale's manager's presentation was flashy, but not many buyers were swayed by it.
yes
When is the only time that newspapers use present tense?
When there is a sense of urgency within a headline
When a sentence considered parallel?
When its various units are in relative balance
Is this sentence parallel?

She enjoys books, videos and surfing the internet.
no, the third object is not a noun, but a verbal.
How can you fix the sentence

"She enjoys books, videos and surfing the internet"?
By making all the nouns verbals:

She enjoys reading books, watching videos, and surfing the internet.
Is this sentence parallel:

The economic recovery plan is comprehensive and of the utmost urgency.
No.
How can you make this sentence parallel:

The economic recovery plan is comprehensive and of the utmost urgency.
The economic plan is comprehensive and urgent.
Make this sentence parallel:

The terrorism expect gave opinions on airline safety, security screenings and that full inspections of baggage may never be implemented.
The terrorism expert gave on airline safety, security screening and full baggage inspections.
Make this a parallel sentence:

This is another example of selectively using favorable statistics and then to write a report around that biased selection.
This is another example of selectively using favorable statics and writing a report around that biased selection.
Make this a parallel sentence:

She is a diplomat who enjoys new challenges and to rise to the top in her profession.
She is a diplomat who seeks new challenges and want the top job in her profession.
Make this a parallel sentence:

The burglars took all the silver and china, but the jewlery and guns were left behind.
The burglars took all the silver and china, but left the jewlery and guns.
Make this a parallel sentence:

One never should argue with a referee; people should know that by now.
People should know by now that they shouldn't argue with a referee.