If a singular and a plural noun or pronoun (subjects) are related by or not, the verb must correspond to the subject closer to the verb. There are a few occasions when we should use singular verbs. Expressions like anyone, one of each, everyone, everyone and no one needs to follow a singular verb. Example: every student and teacher must wear a uniform. (The Singularverb agrees with everyone, not students and teachers.) If the subject represents an indefinable unity such as money, measure, tense, organization and food combinations, the verb is indeed singular: the attentive scribe will ensure that the singular verb is used with such compounds. However, I would agree with those who consider “ham and eggs” to be a breakfast dish and therefore unique. Hello Maeve, this relates to your contribution, `ham and eggs is or are`. I work for an economic research agency and I have a question for you. Which of these statements is right and why? 1. Sales in the automotive industry fell by 3.1% on 2 December. Sales of the automotive industry fall by 3.1% krishna in december The answer is that it should be in agreement with the subject – the name before. Second, let`s change the order of Krishna`s title to “Auto industry sales decrease/decrease by 3.1%.” We can now see that “decline” is the best choice of the verb. In the initial order, the prepositional phrase “from the automotive industry” diverts attention from the obvious fact that “sale” is a plural noun and therefore requires a verb without a final dimension.
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