Did you get it? Of course you have it? For more information, see bbclearningenglish.com. I was Dan, you were fantastic. Have a good time. Hello? What`s superman better than Batman? You don`t know anything! I am happy. They`re happy. He`s happy! Themes and verbs coincide. But what if the subject is a more complicated noun? Dan explains 3 ways to deal with difficult verb subject chords. The person and the subject number of the clause determine the person and the number of the verb of the clause. This is called the agreement of the subject or the concord: in British English (BrE), collective nouns can adopt singular verbs (formal agreement) or plural (fictitious agreement) depending on whether the emphasis is on the body as a whole or on each member; Compare that a committee was appointed because the committee could not give its consent.   The notion of government always takes on a plural state in the British Convention on Public Service, perhaps to emphasize the principle of collective responsibility of the cabinet. Also compare the following lines from Elvis Costello`s song “Oliver`s Army”: Oliver`s Army is here to stay/Oliver`s army is on its way. Some of these names, such as Staff, actually combine with plural verbs most of the time. Dan… And I say that tea is better than coffee! We cannot agree. But agreement is important, especially between subjects and verbs. Here are 3 points that will help you make sure your themes and verbs always match. Hit it! Michael Swan – Practical English Usage (Oxford University Press) This also applies to the names “peer nomen,” which have two things related. Examples: glasses, scissors, tweezers, pants, heaphone and tights. An Historical and Chronological Deduction of the Origin of Commerce, edited by Adam Anderson, Combe – 1789 1. The singular and the plural are identical.
These names may take singulars or plural verbs depending on your importance. . William Cobbett Archive.org.