English Notes: English Grammar Short tricks Notes For Competitive Exams

English Notes: English Grammar Short tricks Notes For Competitive Exams

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Some important (Sub-Verb Agreement) notes of English Grammar

Two singular subjects connected by or, either/or, or neither/nor require a singular verb.

Some Examples:
  • I. My aunt or my uncle is arriving by train today.
  • II. Neither Juan nor Carmen is available.
  • III. Either Kiana or Casey is helping today with stage decorations.
A subject will come before a phrase beginning with of. This is a key rule for understanding subjects. The word of is the culprit in many, perhaps most, subject-verb mistakes.
Hasty writers, speakers, readers, and listeners might miss the all-too-common mistake in the following sentence:
  • I. Incorrect: A bouquet of yellow roses lend color and fragrance to the room.
  • II. Correct: A bouquet of yellow roses lends . . . (bouquet lends, not roses lend)
Verb in an or, either/or, or neither/nor sentence agrees with the noun or pronoun closest to it.
Some Examples:
  • I. Neither the plates nor the serving bowl goes on that shelf.
  • II. Neither the serving bowl nor the plates go on that shelf.
Basic rule, use a plural verb with two or more subjects when they are connected by and.
Some Example:
  • I. A car and a bike are my means of transportation.
But note some exceptions:
  • II. Breaking and entering is against the law.
  • III. The bed and breakfast was charming.
In both above sentences, breaking and entering and bed and breakfast are compound nouns.
Use a singular verb with distances, periods of time, sums of money, etc., when considered as a unit.
Some Examples:
  • I. Three miles is too far to walk.
  • II. Five years is the maximum sentence for that offense.
  • III. Ten dollars is a high price to pay.
With collective nouns such as group, jury, family, audience, population, the verb might be singular or plural, depending on the writer's intent.
Some Examples:
  • I. Most of the jury is here OR are here.
  • II. All of my family has arrived OR have arrived.
  • III. A third of the population was not in favor OR were not in favor of the bill.
  • IV. The staff is deciding how they want to vote.

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