Subject / Verb Agreement
The subject and verb must agree in number.
A singular subject needs a singular verb while a plural subject needs a plural verb.
Ignore phrases and clauses that separate a subject with the verb.
If multiple subjects are joined with and, use a plural verb.
If multiple subject are joined with or, use a singular verb. When the subjects have different numbers, make the verb agree with whichever is closest (hint: singular first, it sounds better).
- A singular verb should be used after each, everyone, everybody, nobody, somebody, every, one, another, and much.
- A plural verb should be used after both, few, many, others, and several.
If a group is acting as unit, a singular verb is used. If the members of the group are acting separately, a plural verb should be used.