Expressions of rupture such as half, part of, a percentage of, a majority of are sometimes singular and sometimes plural, depending on the importance. (The same is true, of course, if everyone, everyone, more, most and some act as subjects.) Sums and products of mathematical processes are expressed in singular and require singular verbs. The phrase “more than one” (strangely) takes on a singular verb: “More than one student has tried to do so.” Don`t be confused by the word “student”; the subject is each and everyone is always singular Everyone is responsible. On the other hand, there is an indeterminate pronoun, none that can be either singular or plural; It doesn`t matter if you use a singular or a plural plate, unless something else in the sentence determines its number. (Writers usually don`t think of anyone not to mean just any one, and choose a plural verb, as in “No engine works,” but if something else causes us not to consider any as one, we want a singular verb, as in “None of the foods are fresh.”) Rule 6. In sentences that begin with here or there, the real subject follows the verb. Example: the list of items is on the desktop. If you know that the list is the subject, then select is for the verb. The word that exists, a contraction from there, leads to bad habits in informal sentences as there are many people here today because it is simpler, “there are” than “there are”. Make sure you never use a plural subject. Subject-verb agreements may seem confusing at times. However, the key to accuracy in such cases is to accurately determine the noun and its number and select the verb accordingly.
Rule 8. With words that indicate parts – for example. B many, a majority, a few, all — Rule 1, which is indicated earlier in this section, is reversed, and we are led by name. If the noun is singular, use singular verbage. If it is a plural, use a plural code. Anyone who uses a plural bural with a collective must be precise – and consistent too. This should not be done recklessly. The following is the kind of faulty sentence that we often see and hear today: being able to find the right subject and verb will help you correct the errors of the subject-verb concordance. Rule 9. In collective nouns such as group, jury, family, audience, population, the verb can be singular or plural, depending on the intention of the author. If your sentence brings together a positive and negative subject, one in the plural and the other in the singular, the verb must correspond to the positive subject. Sometimes modifiers will find themselves between a subject and its verb, but these modifiers should not confuse the match between the subject and its 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). Like the words some and most, is a premodifying sentence like the majority of in itself neither singular nor plural. It has no number. Rule 7. Use a singular verb with distances, periods, sums of money, etc., if you are considered a unit. The subject-verb agreement is usually quite simple in English. Check each manual for general rules.
However, for topics that introduce the idea of quantity, some additional ground rules are needed.. . . .