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The Last Word: The Fixed Rules and How to Avoid Violating Them

The rule seems simple: If the subject of the clause is singular, use a singular verb; if the subject is plural, use a plural verb. But if this rule is so simple, why do most documents contain violations of it? Generally, mistakes stem from clauses inserted between the subject and the verb that confuse the writer. Also, it may not be easy to determine whether the subject of the clause is singular or plural—there might not be a fixed rule. Let’s examine the fixed rules and the confusing variations.