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2. Agreement


1 Subject and verb

Look at these examples of agreement between the subject (e.g. the window) and the verb (e.g. is).

2 Everyone, something, every, all, etc.

everyone, something, nothing, etc, we use a singular verb.
Everyone was pleased.
Something is wrong.

But compare these examples with
every, each and all.

3 One of, a number of and a lot of

After a lot of ..., the verb agrees with the noun.
Every year a lot of pollution is created, and a lot of trees are cut down.

4 Any of, either of, neither of and none of

When a plural noun comes after any of, either of, neither of or none of, we can use either a singular or a plural verb.
Is/Are any of these old maps worth keeping?
I wonder if either of those alternatives is/are a good idea.
Neither of these cameras works/work properly.
None of the plants has/ have grown very much.

5 An amount + a singular verb

After an amount of money, a distance, a weight or a length of time, we normally use a singular verb.
Eight pounds seems a fair price.
A hundred metres isn't far to swim.
Ninety kilos is too heavy for me to lift.
Five minutes doesn't seem long to wait.
We are talking about the amount as a whole, not the individual pounds or metres.

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