A. As a general rule. The simple rule is to use a plural verb with a plural subject, a singular verb with … Some names that describe groups of people may take a singular or pluralistic verb: he hates being in the hospital. (Third person individual theme – hate) The person and the subject number of the clause determine the person and the number of the verb of the clause. This is called the subject-word agreement or concord: the government does not encourage investment in industry. (or not encouraging the government…) Access to the full content of Oxford Reference requires a subscription or purchase. Public users can browse the website and view the abstracts and keywords of each book and chapter without a subscription. The audience remained silent and waited. (or the audience remained silent…) Please subscribe or log in to access the full text content.
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