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Category: Subject and Verb Agreement

Top 10 Grammar Mistakes in English

Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at 6:00 am

Grammar mistakes remain common in daily communication. While those of us who spend time at can reduce such solecisms, even the most observant can still potentially be duped by the occasional sneaky error. Because grammar mistakes in American English have always been and likely always will be, we thought it'd be fun and informative …

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Here Is vs. Here Are

Posted on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at 6:00 am

Many of us have probably written or spoken statements such as: Here's the keys to the car. Here are those toothpicks you asked for. Here's the ten baseball cards I owe you. Here is the article I told you about. They are common forms of expression in American English. When spoken, most of these remarks …

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Should We Use There Is and There Are?

Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, at 6:00 am

There are too many orange M&Ms in this bowl. There is a lot of congestion on I-88 into the city. There's a piece of confetti in your hair. If you're an American communicating in American English, such statements are as common as corn in the Midwest. There is, there are, and the contracted there's are …

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Compound Subject: Definition and Examples

Posted on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, at 6:00 am

Michael plays basketball. Jeremiah doesn't trust pirate radio stations. Hailey dances in a ballet company. You likely recognize these statements as simple, declarative sentences that include basic components of grammar—namely a singular subject and a verb that agrees. When the subject position has two or more nouns or pronouns joined by a coordinating conjunction, we …

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What Is Subject-Verb Concord?

Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at 6:00 am

Subjects and verbs are the principal components of language. Before we can provide descriptive or informative details in a sentence, we must know the actor and the action. Subjects and verbs are so fundamental to communication in English that they can form complete thoughts alone. Examples Jon runs. You walk. Jennifer jogs. English subjects and …

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What Are Simple Subjects?

Posted on Monday, June 27, 2022, at 6:00 am

One interesting thing about grammar is that we may often use it correctly without even realizing how or why. In other words, we might know the best way to apply a word or a phrase even if we can't explain it. As natural to us as the air that we breathe, simple subjects appear in …

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None Is vs. None Are: Which Do You Use?

Posted on Monday, June 28, 2021, at 6:00 am

Even among those who pay attention to grammar, the none is versus none are debate can be a spirited one. Do you know which one is correct? We don't want you to get it wrong or to follow misguided advice. That's why we are going to clear things up in today's post. As a starting …

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Subjunctive Mood: What Is the Subjunctive Mood?

Posted on Monday, April 19, 2021, at 6:00 am

A GrammarBook reader came across this sentence: If I were very lucky, I would get the chance to go. She asked, "Shouldn't I be followed by was, not were, since I is singular?" This is type of question is common within English grammar, particularly because it walks the line between the conditional tense and the subjunctive mood when a dependent if clause is …

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Is None Plural or Singular?

Posted on Friday, February 26, 2021, at 9:00 am

If you have friends and family members with an interest in grammar, asking whether the word none is singular or plural is a good way to start a spirited discussion (and if you have this kind of social circle, we would enjoy knowing how the discussion concluded, but we digress). For many, the presumed wisdom …

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We the People, or…?

Posted on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at 7:00 am

For much of the last two months, we have been analyzing why the subject pronouns I, he, she, we, they and the object pronouns me, him, her, us, them are chronically misused and confused. In this final installment, we'll deal with flawed sentences like Politicians should respect we the people and It's a happy outcome …

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