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Chapter 9. Reaching an Agreement: Matchi... > Collective Nouns - Pg. 87

Reaching an Agreement: Matching Sentence Parts 3. 87 Ignore words or phrases that come between the subject and the verb. A phrase or clause that comes between a subject and its verb does not affect subject-verb agreement. · The purpose of working out for several hours is to get fit and buff. The singular subject purpose matches the singular verb is. Ignore the intervening prepositional phrase "of working out for several hours." · Downward mobility --a quick ride down the social and economic ladders--poses a serious problem. The singular subject downward mobility agrees with the singular verb poses. Ignore the in- tervening appositive "a quick ride down the social and economic ladders." Seventh-Inning Stretch Take a second to get these first few rules down pat. Circle the correct verb in each sentence. Feel free to look back at the rules you just read. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. A typical Radio City Music Hall Rockette (is/are) between 5 feet and 5 feet 9 inches tall. An apple or a pear (contains/contain) about 75 calories each. The supply of stupid drivers (increase/increases) during holidays. Residents of our country (spend/spends) more than $31 billion a year on fast food. Bill Cosby's cartoon characters (includes/include) Fat Albert and Weird Harold. In winter, camels (is/are) able to go without water for eight weeks. Contrary to popular thinking, camels (does/do) not store water in their humps. The average person (breathes/breathe) 7 quarts of air per minute. Camels also (urinates/urinate) very little, compared to other animals of roughly the same size.