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What are the 3 steps to determining if the subject and verb agree in a sentence?
1. Identify the subject.
2. Eliminate the middle man.
3. Pick the verb that agrees with the subject.
True or false "Of" is not the middle man and hence does not need to be eliminated.
False.

"Of" is another middle man and must be eliminated to identify the correct verb.
What is the rule for subjects seperated by "and"?
"And" is additive hence they take the plural verb.
What is the rule if "either/or" or "neither/nor" appears in the sentence by itself without a compound subject?
The verb takes the singular form.
What is the rule if "either/or" or "neither/nor" appears in the sentence with a compound subject?
If neither/nor, either/or appear in the same sentence as a compound subject then find the subject NEAREST to be verb and make sure verb agrees in number with the subject.
True or false collective nouns are treated as singular.
True.
"anyone" singular or plural?
singular
"anything" singular or plural?
singular
"each" singular or plural?
singular
"everything" singular or plural?
singular
"no one" singular or plural?
singular
"someone" singular or plural?
singular
"something" singular or plural?
singular
"whatever" singular or plural?
singular
"whoever" singular or plural?
singular
"both" singular or plural?
plural
"many" singular or plural?
plural
"several" singular or plural?
plural
"other" singular or plural
plural
"few" singular or plural
plural
What does SANAM stand for?
SOME
ANY
NONE
ALL
MOST

These are indefinite pronouns that can be either singular or plural depending on the sentence.

To determine if it should take a singular or plural verb look at the object of the "OF" construction.
Each singular or plural
singular

e.g.

Every dog and cat has paws.

The exception is when each follows a subject then it has no bearing.
Every singular or plural
singular

e.g

Each of these t-shirts is pretty.

The exception is when every follows a subject then it has no bearing.

e.g.

They each are great tennis players.
"The number of" singular or plural?
singular
"A number of" singular or plural
plural
What is the rule of determing if a numerical word or phrase should take a singular or plural verb?
If the sentence is referring to a single part of the total then they take the plural verb but if they are referring to the whole they take the singular verb.
Does a subject phrase take a singular or plural verb?
singular

e.g

Having good friends is a wonderful thing.

Whatever they want to do is fine with me.
If you're unsure if they verb should be singular or plural what should you pick?
A singular verb.

Most verb take singular form.
majority singular or plural?
It depends.

If the sentence is referring to a single part of the total then they take the plural verb but if they are referring to the whole they take the singular verb.
minority singular or plural?
It depends.

If the sentence is referring to a single part of the total then they take the plural verb but if they are referring to the whole they take the singular verb.
What is the "flip it" rule?
Usually it goes subject-verb but in some sentence it can go verb-subject in these sentence's flip the verb and the subject to identify if the verb takes a singular or plural form.
"has" singular or plural?
singular
"have" singular or plural?
plural
"was" singular or plural?
singular
"were" singular or plural?
plural
What does BOSMF stand for?
It's an acronym for:

BOTH
OTHER
SEVERAL
MANY
FEW

Which are indefinite pronouns that take plural verbs.
True of false plural verbs always end in "s"?
False.

The present tense ending is -s is used on a verb if its subject is third person singular; otherwise the verb takes no ending.