He is happy! Subjects and verbs match. But what if the subject is a more complicated noun? Dan explains 3 ways to deal with difficult subject-verb correspondence. “The politics of their country is a mystery to me” (Your opinions) “Politics is a mystery to me” (The subject) Fortunately, the solution is simple! Ignore all the prepositional sentences between the noun “head” and the verb! This tells you which word you want the verb to agree with. Hey! Species is a noun whose singular and plural forms are exactly the same. Be careful what you want to say when you speak. Do you speak singular or plural? Here are some other examples. Quantities, distances, and periods (etc.) use a singular verb when considered a unit. Expressions “one” use a singular verb. Be careful with portions! The noun `of` dictates the verb. Spoken mathematics can be singular or plural. It is often the wording that counts. The noun of the subject dictates the form of the verb. Understand the noun and you will use the right verb: however, columns often use very large subjects (which really makes me angry) and long supplements (people throwing garbage on the floor), and that is why the verb can correspond to the subject or complement – which means, in case of plural complement – the verb is plural.

This is the end of this week`s masterclass. Remember, the choice of noun determines the choice of verb – understand nouns, and your verb will never be contradictory. If two singular nouns are associated with “or”, we use a singular verb, but if the singular and plural are associated in this way, the verb corresponds to the nearest noun. The same goes for expressions that use either /or neither nor not. Other examples: subjects such as mathematics, gymnastics and physics; Games such as domino and darts and disease: measles….