The rules of agreement do not apply to assets when they are used as a useful second verb in a couple. Sometimes, however, a preposition expression between the subject and the verb complicates the concordance. A study (single topic) on African countries (single verb) shows that 80% of people (plural subject) of this continent (plural) live below the poverty line. Sentences that start here/there are structured differently. In this case, the subject comes according to the verb. 1. A sentence or clause between the subject and the verb does not change the subject`s number. For example, no one was available to meet me at my favorite times. Some subjects separated by “and” are so inseparable that they are considered singular and therefore accept singular verbs. The problem with grammar rules, from the point of view of modern linguistics, is that many rules are not absolute. There are many exceptions to the rules, as we can see here.

It may be useful to mark compressed lists of rules like these as bookmarks. Rule6: “There” and “here” are never subjects. In sentences that begin with these words, the theme is usually found later in the sentence. For example, there were five books on the shelf. (were, corresponds to the theme of the book) The car is the unique subject. What is the singular verb helping that corresponds to the car? However, if we are not careful, we can wrongly describe drivers as subject, because it is closer to the verb than the car. If we choose the plural noun, Horseman, we wrongly choose the plural verb. Instead, the subject comes in this kind of sentence AFTER the verb, so you have to search for it AFTER the verb. RULE10: Names like `civics`, `mathematics`, `dollars` and `news` require singular verbs. Z.B. A million dollars is needed to renovate this building.

Neither the bear nor the lion escaped from the zoo. [Comment: The verb in this example is closest to the theme `lion` and therefore takes the singular form `hat`.] The problem with this situation is that there are many directions in which you can go. [Note: Here, the login verb `is` takes the form of its subject `Problem` and not that of `many directions`.] The subject of a sentence must always correspond to the verb that describes its action.