4. Is not a contraction of not and should only be used with a singular theme. Don`t is a contraction of no and should only be used with a plural theme. The exception to this rule occurs in the case of the first person and the second person Pronouns I and you. For these pronouns, contraction should not be used. 11. Expressions such as .B. with, including, accompanied by, add or not change the number of theme. If the subject is singular, the verb is also. This manual gives you several guidelines to help your subjects and verbs to accept. 9.

In sentences beginning with “there is” or “there,” the subject follows the verb. As “he” is not the subject, the verb corresponds to the following. In the case of pronouns, he, they and he take a singular verb while you, we and they take a plural verb. Joe should not follow, was not, since Joe is unique? But Joe isn`t really there, so let`s say that wasn`t the case. The sentence shows the subjunctive mind used to express things that are hypothetical, desirable, imaginary or objectively contradictory. The connective subjunctive mind pairs individual subjects with what we usually consider plural verbs. When subjects are connected by or even, etc., the verb corresponds to the nearest subject. (Proximity rule) [5] Ms.

Walraff presented a number of scenarios and responded. A kind of phrase they discussed was “You taught school,” in which “school” is a unique complement. It does not seem to correspond to the plural theme until we have in mind that “school” is used in an abstract way. It would not be wise to say, “You taught in school.” On the other hand, heads, necks and wives are not abstract. They are counted (and people usually have one of each). With the phrase “both men relied heavily on their wives” (3), we encounter the same problem. If we wrote, “Both men have given themselves heavily to their wives,” which would indicate that men share a woman; When we say “women,” it suggests that every man has more than one woman. It`s a lost situation.

“Sometimes neither the singular nor the plural can prevent ambiguity” (2). So we turn to the second source of grammar that we consult today, Barbara Walraff`s word dish. You wonder if, when a group gives its word, it is a collective word that is given and not that of each one? It would depend on the circumstances. If, at the time, the group had all been together and agreed collectively, it would be a collective or collective contract or a collective promise. But if all members of the group have been interviewed individually and all agree separately, then you have a promise from each person. Let`s take the phrase “The authors complained that their necks were bad” and let`s see what Ms. Walraff would say about it. Unlike most grammars who want to stick to the rules and want things to be fair, she tells us not to worry about it. She says: “It is usually obvious or next to the point of knowing how many things should be paired with the individuals in the subject, and then you don`t need scruples to use the plural…. That, it seems to me, is the rule that really applies to your wives and heads. She seems to approve of using the singular “neck” after the plural “she.” But if I had to choose between “his neck” and “his neck,” I would probably choose “neck.” It sounds better to me: “Your necks are twisted.” Maybe it`s a matter of personal taste.