Exercise: Complete each adjective game with a singular or plural. The possible answers below. In this example, politics is a single theme; Therefore, the sentence has a singular verb. Subject clauses that start with „what“ are singularly, as you said, we can replace „what“ with „the thing that“. The verb corresponds to the subject and not to the object. That is why it is the „clause of what“ that counts, as you call it, and not the predicate, and the verb will normally be „is“ and not „are“. The person and the subject number of the clause determine the person and the verb number of the clause. This is called subject-verb convergence or concord: there is a lot of discussion about it, for example this answer and this discussion. The short answer: both are right, „is“ the most frequent choice. He hates being in the hospital.
(singular subject third party + hate) Only the simple subjectThe verb must correspond to its simple subject – not with the description or explanation of the subject; Ignore descriptions and explanations. If the simple subject is singular, use the singular form of the verb. If the simple subject is plural, use the plural form of the verb. (For more information on topics, see the TIP Sheet Sentence Parts: Subject, Verb, Subject, Complement. You will find guidance on using prepositional sentences to identify the subject under prepositions and prepositional sentences.) Verb before subjectIn questions, the subject follows the verb, but the subject always determines the person and number of the verb: if they are considered an entity, collective nouns and noun sentences that designate the quantity accept singular verbs. 8. Nouns such as scissors, tweezers, pants, and scissors require plural verbs. (These things are done in two parts.) According to the predicate, the whole of what can take both singular and plural verses.
Here in the quote, we used „are“ which refers to people. If it had been only one person, the clause could have been taken: what we need is a person who has specialised. Indefinite pronouns SubjectsAn indefinite pronoun is always singular, and some are always plural. (Some can go both ways; for more information about indeterminate pronouns, check out the tip Sheets pronouns and reference pronouns or in an author`s manual like SF Writer.) In sentences that begin with a construction like here or there, the subject follows the verb, but always determines the person and number of the verb: 3. If a compound subject contains both a singular noun and a plural device or pronoun that is fully or not connected, the verb must correspond to the part of the subject closer to the verb. 10-A. With one of these ________, which use a plural reverb. Dependent clauses that function as subjects are treated as singular: third person Singular Choosing verbs to correspond with first- and second-person subjects is usually not a major problem, but a peculiarity of the singular abdage of the third person causes some students, especially ESL students, some confusion in working with the singular subjects of the third person.
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