This composite subject therefore requires a singular verb to accept it. Remember: here is , here, there are constructions, look for the theme AFTER the verb, and choose a singular or a plural verb to agree with the subject. I think that words like “police,” “team,” etc., can be used both as a plural and as a singular, depending on the writer`s intention, that is, if they refer either to the whole or to the different parts that encompass the whole. However, there are some guidelines for deciding which form of verb (singular or plural) should be used with one of these names as a subject in a sentence. What form of verb to use in this case? Should the verb be singular to accept in one word? Or should the verb be plural to accept the other? Like prepositionphrase, the who/clause never contains the subject. 3. Look for the subject`s real sentence and choose a verb that matches him. Nouns that end with -ics can accept either a singular (if they are considered the name of a science) or a plural verb (expressing a specific application of science): SUBJECT-VERBE RULE #2 – Two or more singular subjects that are bound by or (or) as a single compound subject, and therefore accept a singular verb to agree. This is not the full list, but contains some popular names. If we refer to the group as a whole and therefore to a unity, we consider the nominus singular. In this case, we use a singular verb.
Hits is an informal word meaning “return from search.” NOTE: From time to time, names may have a pluralistic meaning: we can talk about parts of this whole. In this case, we apply the same rule as for group members when we look at each member of the group (see section 3.3): We use a pluralistic verb. These rules of agreement do not apply to verbs used in the simple past without helping verbs. Because they can describe individuals in the group (more than one – plural) or the group as a single entity (one unit – singular), these nouns pose particular problems. A clause that begins with whom, the one or the others, and the coming between the subject and the verb, can cause insequements. Thank you, Mark. I teach English with Arabic. Arabic has both male and female names, some of which change completely when they are pluralized without a system. Yet our “s” completely confuse them. (Especially since the normal singular verbs 3rd person end in “s”) A very informative and well-written piece.