Names such as scissors, pliers, pants and scissors require multiple obstructions. (These things are done in two parts.) 6. When two subjects are connected by “and”, they usually need a plural form. 10. Collective nouns are words that involve more than one person, but are considered singular and adopt a singular verb, such as group, team, committee, class, and family. 1. A sentence or clause between the subject and the verb does not change the number of the subject. 7. Nouns such as civics, mathematics, dollars, measles and short stories require singular verbs.
In the example above, the plural corresponds to the actors of the subject. 5. Don`t be misled by a sentence that is between the subject and the verb. The verb is in agreement with the subject, not with a noun or pronoun in the phrasing. Rule 5a. Sometimes the subject is separated from the verb by words like with, as well as, next to it, not, etc. These words and phrases are not part of the topic. Ignore them and use a singular if the subject is singular.
11. The singular form of the verb is usually reserved for units of measure or units of tense. 11. Expressions as with, with, including, accompanied by, in addition to or do not change the subject number. If the subject is singular, the verb is also. The example above implies that others, with the exception of Hannah, like to read comics. Therefore, plural obsedation is the right form. Rule 1. A topic will come before a sentence that will begin with. This is a key rule for understanding topics. The word of the is the culprit of many errors, perhaps most of the errors of subject and verb.
Hasty authors, speakers, readers and listeners could ignore the all too frequent error in the following sentence: Rule 7. Use a singular verb with distances, periods, sums of money, etc., if you are considered a unit.