- > The number of boys are 50.
> The number of boys is 50.
> The quality of the mangoes is good.
Verb must agree with its subject according to its person number and tense.
- > The United States of America are a prosperous country.
> The United States of America is a prosperous country.
> Gulliver Travels is an interesting book.
If a name or something is used as singular, then it should be treated as singular.
- Juries, the Committee, Unit etc. are collective nouns and they are treated singularly. If they are used as noun of multitude, we have to treat it as plural.
> The committee was divided in its opinion.
> The committee were divided in their opinion.
> The Jury was united in their decisions.
> The Jury was united in its decisions.
- When two or more nouns are added by ‘and’ but gives an identity, the verb takes singular form.
> Bread and butter are my favourite.
> Bread and butter is my favourite.
But if they meant different people or things, those will be plural.
> The disappointment and anger of the magistrate were great.
- When plural nouns gives a unique idea or used as unit, we use it as singular.
> 50 miles are a great distance.
> 50 miles is a great distance.
- Either…..or; neither…..nor & in these type of constructions, the verb will agree with the last subject.
> Neither I nor my brothers are guilty.
- If none, either, neither shows or indicates a single person, we use singular verb.
> Either of them has done it.
- Each and every will always be treated as singular identity.
> Every boy and every girl is intelligent.
> Every boy and every man was given his seat.
- Much, more, little or less might be used as part of a whole. They will be used as single identity.
> More than a decade has elapsed.
- We use singular verb after ‘many a’ but plural after ‘a many’.
> Many a student are present.
- Some nouns are apparently singular but in many those are plural but we use plural with them.
> People in our country are hard working.
> The children is playing in the ground.
> The children are playing in the ground.
- Some nouns are used as plural in some certain field.
> I like vegetable.
> I like vegetables.
13.If two adjectives are added with a noun to show different quality of the same, the noun will be treated as plural.
> I have read the 1st and 2nd chapter of the book.
> I have read the 1st and 2nd chapters of the book.
14.Inferior, Superior, Senior etc are lacking comparative. With them we use ‘to’ and ‘them’, not ‘I’.
> He is superior than I.
> He is superior to me.
15.Adverb usually seats after the intransitive verb.
> Last night I killed a snake.
16.We must use ‘one’ as indefinite pronoun everywhere.
> One should not give wealth to anybody before his/her death.
> One should not give one’s wealth to anybody before one’s death.
17.We use ‘as’ or ‘that’ after ‘same’.
> This is the same book which I’ve lost.
> This is the same book that I lost.
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