Singular subjects take singular verbsA verb must agree with its subject in number and person.
- He is my friend. (Here the singular verb is agrees with the singular subject he.)
- We are waiting to hear from you. (Here the plural verb are agrees with the plural subject we.)
Consider the examples given below:
- The quality of the apples wasn’t very good. (NOT The quality of the apples weren’t very good. Here the proper subject is the abstract noun ‘quality’ and not ‘apples’.)
- His proficiency in Indian languages is remarkable. (Here the proper subject is the singular abstract noun ‘proficiency’ and not ‘languages’.)
as well asWe use singular verbs with a singular subject followed by ‘with’ or ‘as well as’.
- The manager, with his subordinates, is to be present at the venue. (NOT The manager with his subordinates are …)
- Alice, as well as her sisters, has been invited. (NOT Alice as well as her sisters have been invited.)
- Sanskrit, as well as Arabic, is taught here.
- Neither the officer nor his subordinates were present at the meeting.
- Either he or you are mistaken. (Here the verb are agrees with the nearest pronoun you.)
- Neither he nor I am interested. (Here the verb am agrees with the nearest pronoun I.)
- He is mistaken, or else you are.
- He is not interested, nor am I.
Either, neither etc.Either, neither, each, everyone and many a must be followed by a singular verb.
- Neither of the applicants is suitable for the job.
- Many a man has succumbed to this temptation.
- Everyone of us loves riding.