Verbs cannot always directly follow the subject. Collective names are names that involve more than one person (for example. B a group, a team, a family, etc.). Although they involve more than one person, nouns themselves are singular and require singular verbs. Sometimes collective nouns accept plural references when the collective noun is in the interest of many individuals and not of the group as a whole. It is very likely that you will be confronted with a few questions in the ACT English section that test your knowledge of subject-verb compliance. With just a little exercise, this can be one of the easiest areas to earn points in the English section. Keep a list of these rules next to you as you study and get used to “combining” the subject of a sentence with its verb! Here are some common words that always require singular verbs: everyone, everyone, everyone, everyone, someone and someone. Thirty million barrels of oil are “a drop in the ocean” demand compared to the United States, Lundberg said, but the balance between supply and demand is so fine that “even small quantities can tip the scales” in terms of price. The office is currently reviewing plans for budget revisions. . Let`s look at some basic rules for subject-verb construction. .
Lois and Mary fill their gas tank when it is low. The Lundberg survey of 10,000 stations across the country showed that the average price of all varieties, plus taxes, was 3.89 $US a gallon on Friday. That was one-tenth of a cent per gallon lower than the prices revealed by the survey two weeks ago, but 28 cents a gallon higher than during the same period a year ago. . The national weighted average price of gasoline, including taxes, on self-service pumps on Fridays was 3.88 $US for normal, 3.99 $US for medium and 4.23 $US for premium. They wanted to fill the tank, but they forgot. The family was concerned about recent tax increases. . Jeffrey or Donna will eat the leftovers. The strategic oil reserve, with a capacity of 590 million barrels, was set up as insurance against the interruption of oil supply, after the Arab oil embargo of 1973 led to shortages at the pump. Apart from two training runs was its only previous use during the Gulf War in 1991. .