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What is the rule for subject-verb agreement?
1.Singular noun -> verb+"s"
2.Plural noun -> verb
What are some "weird" nouns you should think of as singular?
1.Indefinite pronouns
2.Collective nouns
3.Titles of works
What are indefinite pronouns?
-Anybody
-Anyone
-Each
-Either
-Everybody
-Everyone
-Everything
-Neither
-None
-No one
-Someone
-Something
What are some collective nouns?
-Class
-Jury
-Committee
-Audience
-Crowd
-Troop
-Family
-Couple
-Athletics
-Economics, mathematics, physics, statistics
-News
-Measles
How do you treat nouns connected by "and", "or", "nor", "who", "which", "that"?
1.Nouns connected by "and" -> treat as plural
2.Nouns connected by "or" or "nor" -> make the verb agree with the part of the subject nearer to the verb.
3."who", "which", "that" -> take verbs that agree with their antecedents.
How do you treat "the number" vs. "a number" plural or singular?
1."the number" -singular
2."a number" - plural
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"Lost Cities" describe the discoveries of many ancient civilizations.
"Lost Cities" [describes] the discoveries of many ancient civilizations.
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Statistics is among the most difficult courses in our program.
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Statistics [is] among the most difficult courses in our program.
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Carmen is the only one of the applicants who have the ability to step into this position.
Carmen is the only one of the \applicants who\ [has] the ability to step into this position.
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Take a suit that travel well.
Take a suit that [travels] well.
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A tent and a sleeping bag is the required equipment.
A tent and a sleeping bag [are] the required equipment.
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At the back of the room is a small aquarium and an enormous terrarium.
At the back of the room [are] a small aquarium and an enormous terrarium.
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A number of children is attending the wedding.
A number of children [are] attending the wedding.
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The class respects the teacher.
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The class [respects] the teacher.
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Everybody who signed up for the ski trip were taking lessons.
Everybody who signed up for the ski trip [was] taking lessons.