Joe should not follow, was not, since Joe is unique? But Joe isn`t really there, so let`s say that wasn`t the case. The sentence shows the subjunctive mind used to express things that are hypothetical, desirable, imaginary or objectively contradictory. The connective subjunctive mind pairs individual subjects with what we usually consider plural verbs. Examples: my aunt or uncle arrives today by train. Neither Juan nor Carmen are available. It`s Kiana or Casey who helps decorate the scene. We will use the standard to highlight themes once and verbs twice. In other words, with, well, and beyond, do not behave in the same way as the conjunction and when it comes to the verb-subject chord (although they have about the same meaning or function). (2) [Excitement, as well as nervousness, is the cause of their stuttering. 9. In sentences beginning with „there is“ or „there,“ the subject follows the verb. As „he“ is not the subject, the verb corresponds to the following. In these constructs (called explective constructs), the subject follows the verb, but still determines the number of verbs.
The New Fowler`s Modern English Usage edited by R.W. Burchfield. Clarendon Press: Oxford, England. 1996. Is used with permission from Oxford University Press. 242. If one of the subjects is bound by or by the plural, the verb must be plural, and the plural subject must approach the verb. This sentence refers to the individual efforts of each crew member. The Gregg Reference Manual provides excellent explanations for the subject-verb agreement (section 10: 1001). Don`t get confused by the word „students“; the subject is everyone and everyone is always singular Everyone is responsible. Article 7.
Use a singular verb with distances, periods, sums of money, etc., if they are considered a unit. 3. If a composite subject contains both a singular, a plural substrate or a pronoun that is bound or bound, the verb should correspond to the part of the subject that is closer to the verb. The names of sports teams that do not end in „s“ take a plural verb: the Miami Heat have searched, the Connecticut Sun hopes that new talent . You`ll find help solving this problem in the plural section. Article 2. Two distinct subjects that are linked by or, or, either by a singular verb. Sometimes names take strange forms and can fool us to think that they are plural if they are truly singular and vice versa.
You`ll find more help in the section on plural forms of nouns and in the section on collective nouns. Words such as glasses, pants, pliers and scissors are considered plural (and require plural verbs), unless they are followed by the pair of sentences (in this case, the pair of words becomes subject). On the other hand, there is an indeterminate pronoun, none that can be singular or plural; It doesn`t matter if you use a singular or a plural adverb, unless something else in the sentence determines its number. (Writers generally do not consider any to be meaningful and choose a plural verb as in „None of the engines work,“ but if something else leads us to consider none as one, we want a singular verb, as in „None of the food is fresh.“) The word there, a contraction of that, leads to bad habits in informal sentences as there are many people here today, because it is easier to say „there is“ than „there is.“