Glossary of Subject Verb Agreement 2
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- x of y
ex: percent, number fraction
- x of y
follow number of y
- Some of
- Can be sing. or plural based on what it acts on
Some of the cookies ARE gone
Some of the cake IS gone
- The Number of
- A Number of
- Such vs. Like
- Additive phrase
- Unites two singular subjects-plural, only and does this. These do not...
In addition to
as well as
Wilfred and John ARE going to the beach
Wilfred, along with John, is going to the beach.
- Disjunctive Phrases- Or, Either-Nor, Neither-Nor
- find the subject neares to verb and make it agree in number.
Neither Wilfred not his friends are going to work.
Either his friends or Wilfred is going on a holiday.
Paul or GMAT members are allowed to attatch document to the forum.
- Not Disjunctive, take singular verbs.
- Singular Indefinite Pronouns
- ALL SINGULAR
Everyone, Everybody, Everything, Anyone, Anybody, Anything, Someone, Somebody, Something, No one, Nobody, Nothing, Watever, Whoever, Neither, Either, Each, Every.
- Each & Every
- if they precede a noun-sungluar verb:
Each of the students is allowed to eat.
Every dog and cat has paws.
If they follow the subject, it has no bearing.
They each are good soccer players.
- Some, Any, None, All, Most
- Sing or Plural...
Depends on construction of the "of" phrase
Some of the marbles ARE missing.
Most of the students are tired.
None of my money is missing.
- Majority, Minority, Plurality
- When referring to many parts-plural
When referring to the totality itself-singular.
The majority of the members in the GMAT club are going to score more than 700 on the GMAT.
The students majority is opposed to the new grade classification.
- Collective Nouns
- Must decide if it refers to individual members or the group as a whole, then place verb accordingly.
The jury were stationed in the hotels around Chicago downtown.
- Each of/One of + plural noun
- verb following will agree if there is no relative pronoun following.
Each of the books REMINDS me of her.
Each of the books that REST on the table REMINDS me of her.
- As long as
So long as
- As long as deals with a physical comparison
The baseball bat was as long as the golf club
So long as deals with a condition.
So long as you maintain your cool, the meeting should be fine.
- One Another
- One another used with more than 2 people.
They love one another
Each other used for two people
Eric and Jim love each other.
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