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Chapter 9. Reaching an Agreement: Matchi... > Anyone Got a Match? - Pg. 86

Reaching an Agreement: Matching Sentence Parts 86 Singular Subjects and Verbs The following guidelines make it easy to match singular subjects and verbs. 1. A singular subject takes a singular verb. For example: · He who hesitates is probably right. The singular subject he agrees with the singular verb is. · Isaac Asimov was the only author to have a book in every Dewey Decimal System category. The singular subject Isaac Asimov requires the singular verb was. Plural subjects that function as a single unit take a singular verb. For instance: · Spaghetti and meatballs is my favorite dish. The singular subject spaghetti and meatballs agrees with the singular verb is. · Ham and eggs was the breakfast of champions in the 1950s. The singular subject ham and eggs agrees with the singular verb was. Titles are always singular. It doesn't matter how long the title is, what it names, or whether or not it sounds plural. As a result, a title always takes a singular verb. Here are two examples: · Moby Dick was a whale of a tale. The singular title Moby Dick agrees with the singular verb was. · The Valachi Papers is a good read. The singular title The Valachi Papers agrees with the singular verb is --even though the title appears plural, it is singular. That's because all titles are singular. Singular subjects connected by either / or, neither / nor, and not only / but also require a singular verb. That's because the connecting words show that you are choosing only one item. · Either the witness or the defendant was lying. 2. 3. 4.