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Practical English Grammar


agreement involving prepositional phrases


A verb will agree in number with the sentence’s subject.

➲ In the sentence, ‘‘One of the girls is counting the tickets,’’ the subject is
one and the verb is is. Both the subject and the verb are singular.

➲ In the sentence, ‘‘Many of the girls are counting the tickets,’’ the subject,
many, and the verb, are, are plural.

Notice how in these example sentences the subjects and verbs agree in
number.

➲ The design for these few buildings is intricate. (The singular subject,
design, agrees in number with the singular verb, is.)

➲ The portraits in the White House are memorable. (The plural subject,
portraits, agrees in number with the plural verb, are.)

Note: When you are working with the indefinite pronouns that can be either
singular or plural (all, any, more, most, none, and some), the verb will agree in
number with the object of the preposition in the prepositional phrase that is
associated with the verb.

➲ Some of the newspaper is missing. (Because some can be either singular or
plural, match the verb with the object of the preposition. As newspaper
is singular, use is [not are] as the verb.)

➲ Some of the newspapers are missing. (Because some can be either singular
or plural, match the verb with the object of the preposition. As newspapers
is plural, use are [not is] as the verb.)

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Notes


Practical English Grammar - Notes
1. compound subjects part two
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2. Quotation Marks Part Three
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3. Italics Hyphens and Brackets
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4. complete and simple subjects
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5. Sound a like words Part Four
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6. the adjective clause
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7. what good writers do
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8. Commas Part Two
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9. the indirect object
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10. Commas Part Four
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11. subject and verb agreement
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12. the object of the preposition
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13. Periods Question Marks and Exclamation Marks
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14. Confusing usage words part five
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15. The Apostrophe
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16. Quotation Marks Part Two
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17. First Capitalization List
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18. compound subjects part one
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19. The coordinating conjunction
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20. the participle and participial phrase
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21. Quotation Marks Part One
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22. the prepositional phrase
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23. Confusing usage words part one
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24. Confusing usage words part three
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25. Confusing usage words part three
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26. subject verb agreement situations
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27. complex sentences
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28. Transitive and intransitive verbs
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29. Regular Comparison of Adjectives and Adverbs
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30. agreement between indefinite pronouns and their antecedents
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31. agreement involving prepositional phrases
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32. pronouns and their antecedents
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33. types of nouns
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34. The nominative case
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35. regular verb tenses
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36. introducing phrases
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37. irregular verbs part two
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38. the infinitive and infinitive phrase
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39. Irregular Comparison of Adjectives and Adverbs
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40. types of sentences by purpose
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41. complete and simple predicates
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42. the verb phrase
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43. personal pronouns
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44. sentences fragments and run on sentences
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45. Commas Part One
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46. the subordinating conjunction
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47. The possessive case and pronouns
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48. the gerund and gerund phrase
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49. Confusing usage words part four
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50. Confusing usage words part eight
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