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Chapter 3. Investing in Subject-Verb Agr... > Activity A. Language Arts Recall

Activity A. Language Arts Recall

Subject–Verb Agreement (continued from Chapter 2)

Rule 3.1:

A phrase between the subject and verb does not affect agreement. The subject must agree with the verb.

Examples: The new booklet on financial opportunities is available.

Management, as well as the employees, is eligible for the stock-sharing plan.

Rule 3.2:

If both of the subjects are singular and are joined by “either/or” or “neither/nor,” the verb is singular.

Example: Either a savings account or a treasury bill is a good investment.

If both of the subjects are plural and are joined by “either/or” or “neither/nor,” the verb is plural.

Example: Either savings accounts or treasury bills are good investments.

Rule 3.3:

If one subject is singular and the other is plural, and the subjects are joined by “either/or” or “neither/nor,” the verb agrees with the subject nearer the verb.

Example: Neither the stockholders nor the Executive Board agrees with their financing plan.

Are you sure either the controller or at least two members of the Board of Directors plan to attend the meeting?

Rule 3.4:

Indefinite pronouns (each, every, anyone, everyone, someone, one, it) always require a singular verb.

Example: Everyone agrees that U.S. Bonds are a safe investment.

Rule 3.5:

When the word “there” begins the sentence, it is never the subject. The subject appears after the verb.

Example: There are many types of investment plans.

Rule 3.6:

“The number” is a singular subject and takes a singular verb; “a number” is a plural subject and takes a plural verb.

Examples: The number of people investing in stocks is growing.

A number of banks have merged.


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