9 Let`s try something new now… When not to use and when not to use it? – Neither contractions nor contractions… it is not – is not part of the verb Look at the following example… What`s the right sentence? At night, he doesn`t finish his homework. He doesn`t finish his homework at night. Note: The word dollar is a special case. When we talk about a money supply, we need a singular verb, but if we refer to the dollars themselves, a plural verb is necessary. It depends on whether a subject in the third person is singular or plural, because the verb form is often different from the singular of the third person. For most singular verbs of the third person, add to the root form of the verb one s: sit-s-sits, the third person form singular. (Be careful, while a s on a name usually refers to a plural, a s on a verb does not make the verb pluralistic.) Examples of how the verb changes in the third person follows the singular; Keep in mind that even irregular helping verbs (to do) add a s — was, was, tut- in singular third person: The names of sports teams that will not end in “s” will take a plural verb: the Miami Heat have sought , The Connecticut Sun hopes that new talents . You`ll find help solving this problem in the plural section. 3 In the following examples, select Henry and Henrietta (1. spend, 2.
spends) the correct subj/verb chord. 10. The only time the object of the preposition decides pluralistic or singular verbs is when nomic and pronoun themes such as “some,” “mi,” “mi,” “none,” “no” or “all” are followed by prepositionphrase. Then, the object of the preposition determines the shape of the verb. Sometimes names take strange forms and can fool us to think that they are plural if they are truly singular and vice versa. You`ll find more help in the section on plural forms of nouns and in the section on collective nouns. Words such as glasses, pants, pliers and scissors are considered plural (and require plural verbs), unless they are followed by the pair of sentences (in this case, the pair of words becomes subject). Expressions of rupture like half, part of, a percentage of, the majority of are sometimes singular and sometimes plural, depending on the meaning. (The same is true, of course, when all, all, more, most and some act as subjects.) The totals and products of mathematical processes are expressed in singular and require singular verbs. The phrase “more than one” (weirdly) takes on a singular verb: “More than one student has tried to do so.” You will find other sentences showing the correct match between the subject and the verb in examples of subject-verb chords.