8 Multiple subjects joined by “and” If there are two or more subjects joined by and, the subject must be plural, so the verb will not get an “s”.ExampleThe boy and the girl dance.(= They dance.)No –S on verb
9 Multiple subjects joined by “or” If there are two or more subjects joined by or, the verb agrees with the part of the subject closest to it.Examples:The professor or the students walk the halls.The students or the professor walks the halls.
10 Indefinite PronounsSome indefinite pronouns are always singular. Here are some examples: anybody, anyone, everyone, someone, no one, nobody, each, neither, either.Others can be either singular or plural (all, some)Everybody loves grammar!Some people love grammar.
11 Relative PronounsRelative Pronouns (who/which/that) can be either singular or plural, depending on the word they refer to.The student who works hard will succeed.The students who work hard will succeed.
12 Helpful hintsSometimes, several words come between the subject and the verb. Just take out the phrase in the middle to see whether or not the subject and verb agree.The student, though she had lots of problems in other schools, finds/find (?) her new class easy.The student, though she had lots of problems in other schools, finds her new class easy.The student finds her new class easy.
13 Prepositional phrases The subject can never be part of a prepositional phrase.ExampleThe students in my class study / studies hard.X
14 In the sentences below, do the subjects & verbs agree? They goes to the gym after class to work out.Harry and his friends wants to see the new movie coming out this weekend.The cat who is meowing at my door wants in.Neither the cat nor the dogs likes the new food.The mayor as well as his brothers are going to jail.Nobody wants to dance.The paper or the ruler are in the desk.