Subject-Verb Agreement : Formation et Cours Anglais à Lyon
A prepositional phrase could be used to modify the noun,
Example: One of my friends (was, were) absent yesterday.
The subject of the sentence is One not friends, so the verb must agree with it.
If the subject is a collective noun, we have to read the whole sentence to know if we are talking about the whole goup as one entity or as many individuals.
- The Family is gathered in the kitchen.
- The family are in their rooms.
If the subject is here or there, the verb will agree with the noun that comes after it. Here and There are not real subjects.
- There is a book on thetable.
- There are books on the table.
- Where is the book?
- Where are the books?
If the subjec tis an indefinite pronoun, we have to decide if the indefinte pronoun is singular or prural.
- Both are here.
- Either is here.
- Neither is here.
- Everyone is here.
- All are here.