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Sumit and Jane ____ working overtime to complete the


new project. (is/are)

Answer

Sumit & Jane are working overtime to complete the


new project.
Subject: Sumit & I (plural)
Verb: are (plural)
Rule: Two subjects joined using and makes the
subject plural, hence the verb is plural.

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The emails _____ in my inbox till yesterday. (were/was)

Answer

The emails were in my inbox till yesterday.


Subject: emails (plural)
Verb: were (plural)

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The speakers ____ on the desk. (was/were)

Answer

The speakers were on the desk.


Subject: speakers (plural)
Verb: were (plural)
Rule: Speakers, glasses, trousers etc. are regarded plural, hence
require plural verb.

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Everybody _______ Shanti, because she is our top


performer. (know/ knows)

Answer

Everybody knows Shanti, because she is our top performer.


Subject: Everybody (singular)
Verb: knows (singular)
Rule: The words each, each one, either, neither, everyone,
everybody, anybody, anyone, nobody, somebody, someone, and no
one are singular and require a singular verb.

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Trousers ____ well with shirts, especially when you


dress to work. (go/ goes)

Answer

Trousers go well with shirts, especially when you dress to work.


Subject: Trousers (plural)
Verb: go (plural)
Rule: Nouns such as scissors, tweezers, trousers, and shears require
plural verbs. (There are two parts to these things.)

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None of the employees _____ a bonus.


(expects, expect)

Answer

None of the employees expect a bonus.


None can be singular or plural depending on the noun it denotes
Subject = employees (plural)
Verb = expect (plural)

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The news from the client ___ good. (is/are)

Answer

The news from the client ___ good. (is/are)


Subject: news (singular)
Verb: is (singular)
Rule: Some words end in -s and appear to be
plural but are really singular and require singular
verbs.

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I hope everyone ____ completed the work assigned by


the manager.
(has/have)

Answer

I hope everyone has completed the work assigned by the


manager.
Subject: everyone (singular)
Verb: has (singular)
Rule: The indefinite pronouns anyone, everyone, someone, no one,
nobody are always singular and, therefore, require singular verbs.

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All of the files, including yours, ____ sent to the client.


(are/is)

Answer

All of the files, including yours, are sent to the client.


Subject: files (plural)
Verb: are (plural)
Rule: Expressions such as with, together with, including,
accompanied by, in addition to, or as well do not change the number
of the subject. If the subject is singular, the verb is too.

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My customers _____ like to be told what to do. (doesnt/


dont)

Answer

My customers dont like to be told what to do.


Subject: customers (plural)
Verb: dont (plural)

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Who _____ this kind of an email? (draft/drafts)

Answer

Who drafts this kind of an email?


Subject: Who (singular)
Verb: drafts (singular)

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Each of the files in the cabinet are new.


(Correct the sentence if required)

Answer

Each of the files in the cabinet is new.


Subject = Each (singular)
Verb = is (singular)

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The team ____ in a lot of efforts to make this project a


success. (put/puts)

Answer

The team ____ in a lot of efforts to make this project a success.


(put/puts)
Subject: team (singular)
Verb: puts (singular)
Rule: Collective nouns are words that imply more than one person
but they are considered singular and take a singular verb, such as
group, team, committee, class, and family

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None of the customers _____ responded to the


reminder. (has/have)

Answer

None of the customers have responded to the reminder.


Subject: customers (plural)
Verb: have (plural)
Rule: The verb depends on the noun that follows none

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The associates or the team leader _____ the meeting


regularly. (attend/ attends)

Answer

The associates or the team leader attends the meeting regularly.


Subject: team leader (singular)
Verb: attends (singular)

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There ____________ a list of committee members on the


table.
(is/are)

Answer

There is a list of committee members on the table.


Subject = list (singular)
Verb = is (singular)

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Either the team leaders or the manager ____ going to


meet us soon. (is/are)

Answer

Either the team leaders or the manager is


going to meet us soon.
Subjects: manager (singular)
Verb: is (singular)
Rule: When subjects are connected by or, the
subject closer to the verb (which is, in this case,
singular) determines the number of the verb.

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Neither of them ___ going to help you with drafting the


email. (is/ are)

Answer

Neither of them is going to help you with drafting the email.


Subject: Neither (singular)
Verb: is (singular)
Rule: The pronouns neither and either are singular and require
singular verbs even though they seem to be referring, in a sense, to
two things.

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Some of the data ____ missing. (appear/appears)

Answer

Some of the data appears missing.


Subject: data (singular)
Verb: appears (singular)
Rule: The verb depends on the noun that follows some

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Each of these emails ____ cleverly drafted. (is/ are)

Answer

Each of these emails is cleverly drafted.


Subject: Each (singular)
Verb: is (singular)

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The HR team _____ how to proceed, in such cases.


(decides/ decide)

Answer

The HR team decides how to proceed, in


such cases.
Subject: team (singular)
Verb: decides (singular)
Rule: Collective nouns are words that imply
more than one person but that are considered
singular and take a singular verb, such as group,
team, committee, class, and family.

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Each of us ________ to submit a report. (plan/plans)

Answer

Each of us plans to give a report


Subject = Each (singular)
Verb = plans (singular)

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The customers as well as the dealer ____ not been


happy with the service. (have/has)

Answer

The customers as well as the dealer have not been happy with
the service.
Subject: customers (plural)
Verb: have (plural)
Rule: Phrases such as together with, as well as, and along with are
not the same as and.

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Ill do my best to _____ this issue for you.


(resolve/resolves)

Answer

Ill do my best to resolve this issue for you.


Subject: I (singular)
Verb: resolve (singular)

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The manager, accompanied by his team, _______


traveling to India.(is/are)

Answer

The manager, accompanied by his team, is traveling to India.


Subject: manager (singular)
Verb: is (singular)

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The council ________ in favor of athletic activities.


(is/are)

Answer

The council is in favor of athletic activities.


Subject : council (singular)
Verb: is (singular)
Collective nouns are followed by a singular noun

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________either of the web sites working?


(is/are)

Answer

Is either of the web sites working?


Subject = either (singular)
Verb = is (singular)

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Neither the customer nor the client _____ called back


regarding this issue. (has/have)

Answer

Neither the customer nor the client has called back regarding
this issue.
Subject: client (singular)
Verb: has (singular)
Rule: When nor or or is used, the subject closer to the verb
determines the verb.

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A pair of black speakers _____ on the desk. (was/were)

Answer

A pair of black speakers was on the desk.


Subject: pair (singular)
Verb: was (singular)
Rule: Speakers, pliers, scissors etc. are regarded as plural (and
require plural verbs) unless they're preceded by the phrase pair of
(in which case the word pair becomes the subject).

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A pair of black speakers was on the desk.


Subject: pair (singular)
Verb: was (singular)
Rule: Speakers, pliers, scissors etc. are regarded as plural (and
require plural verbs) unless they're preceded by the phrase pair of
(in which case the word pair becomes the subject).

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Saving five dollars a day for our business ____ still a lot
of money. (is/are)

Answer

Saving five dollars a day for our business is still a lot of money.
Subject: saving - singular
Verb: is singular
Rule: the word dollars is a special case. When talking about an
amount of money, it requires a singular verb, but when referring to
the dollars themselves, a plural verb is required.

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