Shouldn`t Joe be followed by what, not were, since Joe is singular? But Joe isn`t really there, so let`s say we weren`t there. The sentence demonstrates the subjunctive mind used to express hypothetical, desiring, imaginary, or objectively contradictory things. The subjunctive connects singular subjects to what we usually think of as a plural rush. Rule 7. Use a singular verb with distances, periods, sums of money, etc., if you are considered a unit. Sometimes it`s hard to say whether a singular or plural should be used, but there`s an easy way to find out – just think of your sentence as an answer to a question. If you want to get your answer, can you ask questions like for example. B how much? What size? To what extent? or for how long?, use a singular verb. These questions suggest a total amount. In a future article entitled “How to Format Money in General Writing”, we will study the formats of money in the text, for example. B when the symbols (z.B $ or ¢) and when currency names (z.B.
dollar and cents) should be used. Rule 4. Usually use a plural bural with two or more subjects when connected by and by and by the other. Rule 1. A topic will come before a sentence that will begin with. This is a key rule for understanding topics. The word of the is the culprit of many errors, perhaps most of the errors of subject and verb. Authors, spokespersons, readers and listeners may ignore the all too common error in the following sentence: in the case of a collective noun, use either a singular verb or a plural verb, depending on whether you want to emphasize the group or its individual members: 2. Whether two or more singular nouns or pronouns are linked by or not, use a singular verb. Here`s the kind of erroneous sentence one often sees and hears today: If majority/minority means an unspecified number more or less than 50%, use a singular verb: rule 2.
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