Subject-verb agreement: if you’ve been speaking, writing, and reading English for a while now, you probably think you’ve got this most basic of grammar topics covered. But do you? Sure, none of us would ever write "subjects needs verbs" or "this tip writer need new ideas. " We all know that plural subjects take plural verbs and that singular subjects take singular verbs. But can you identify the correct verb choice in each sentence below?
Questions and Answers
One of those disasters that often [Blank] occurs/occur only in movies happened just as I got off the plane.
The first author as well as the last two authors [Blank] (has/have) approved the proofs.
Getting my paper accepted in Cell and seeing it in the finished journal [Blank] (was/were) the highlight of my career.
Either the children or the parent [Blank] (has/have) to give in.
Not only the previously published papers but also the one under review [Blank] (were/was) called into question.
More than one of the authors [Blank] (has/have) received the Nobel Prize.
Ten dollars [Blank] (is/are) not enough to get me to jump in the Atlantic Ocean in February.
Boston, along with all the New England cities, [Blank] (tend/tends) to get snow in January.
Each of the editors [Blank] (want/wants) to accept the paper.
A proportion of authors [Blank] (are/is) at the conference.
Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children [Blank] (are/is) my favourite novel.
Politics [Blank] (are/is) an issue in R. K. Narayan’s The Man-eater of Malgudi.
The majority of English majors [Blank] (reads/read) Conrad’s Heart of Darkness while at university.
Each of Sylvia Plath’s “bee poems” [Blank] (use/uses) the theme of beekeeping to express aspects of the human condition.
Both of the main characters in Waiting for Godot [Blank] (believes/ believe) Godot is the purpose of life.
Neither Edna’s neighbours nor her husband [Blank] (agrees/agree) with her decision.
Christie and Prin [Blank] (is/are) characters from Laurence’s The Diviners.
The characters in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night [Blank] (lives/live) in a world that has been turned upside-down.
Either the microphone or the speakers [Blank] (are/is) broken.
Neither the teacher nor the students [Blank] (wants/want) to stay late.
Either answer [Blank] (is/are) acceptable
Thirty years [Blank] (is/are) a long time.
One of the eggs [Blank] (is/are) broken.
Demonstrating effective continuous-monitoring programs [Blank] also helped leading institutions meet heightened regulatory expectations.
Nearly one in three organizations [Blank] (spend/spends) less than one million dollars annually on compliance with the regulation.
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