(The same is true, of course, if everyone, everyone, more, most and some act as subjects.) Sums and products of mathematical processes are expressed in singular and require singular verbs. The phrase “more than one” (strangely) takes on a singular verb: “More than one student has tried to do so.” NOTE: But sometimes ics nouns can have a plural meaning: we can talk about certain parts of this set. In this case, we apply the same rule as that applicable to group names if we examine the individual members within the group (see section 3.3): We use plural verblage. Indeterminate pronouns can pose particular problems when adapting subjects. sugar is unaccounted; Therefore, the sentence has a singular verb. Rule 3. The verb in an or, or, or, or not, or ni/or sentence corresponds to the noun or pronoun closest to it. In informal writings, none, and both sometimes take on a plural veneer, when these pronouns are followed by a prepositional sentence that begins with. This is especially true for constructions that ask questions: “Did you read the two clowns on the order?” “Do you both take this seriously?” Burchfield calls this “a conflict between fictitious agreement and real agreement.” * Pronouns are neither singular nor both and require singular seditions, although, in a certain sense, they seem to relate to two things. This sentence refers to the individual efforts of each crew member. The Gregg Reference Manual provides excellent explanations of subject-verb correspondence (section 10:1001). Example: the list of items is on the desktop. If you know that the list is the subject, then select is for the verb.