Subject Verb Concord - Some More Rules

The subject of the sentence should agree with the verb in number and person.

1. When the subject of a sentence is composed of two or more nouns or pronouns connected by and, use a plural verb.
  Example: Sarita and Malini areat the fair.

2. When two or more singular nouns or pronouns are connected by or or nor, use a singular verb.
  Example:The paper or the file is in the drawer.

3. When a compound subject contains both a singular and a plural noun or pronoun joined by or or nor, the verb should agree with the part of the subject that is nearer the verb.
  Example: Suresh or his friends run every day.
           His friends or Suresh runs every day.

4. Doesn't is a contraction of does not and should be used only with a singular subject. Don't is a contraction of do not and should be used only with a plural subject. The exception to this rule appears in the case of the first person and second person pronouns I and you. With these pronouns, the contraction don't should be used.
Example: She doesn't like it.
         Ram and Sony don't like it.

5. Do not be misled by a phrase that comes between the subject and the verb. The verb agrees with the subject, not with a noun or pronoun in the phrase.
Example: One of the student is absent.
         The student who listen to the teacher are few.
         The team captain, as well as his players,is active.
         The novel, including all the chapters in the first section, is boring.
         The woman with all the dogs walks down my street.

6. The words each, each one, either, neither, everyone, everybody, anybody, anyone, nobody, somebody, someone, and no one are singular and require a singular verb.
Example:Each of these dishes is tasty.
        Everybody knows Mr.Naresh.
        Either is not correct.

Summary

The subject of the sentence should agree with the verb in number and person.

1. When the subject of a sentence is composed of two or more nouns or pronouns connected by and, use a plural verb.
  Example: Sarita and Malini areat the fair.

2. When two or more singular nouns or pronouns are connected by or or nor, use a singular verb.
  Example:The paper or the file is in the drawer.

3. When a compound subject contains both a singular and a plural noun or pronoun joined by or or nor, the verb should agree with the part of the subject that is nearer the verb.
  Example: Suresh or his friends run every day.
           His friends or Suresh runs every day.

4. Doesn't is a contraction of does not and should be used only with a singular subject. Don't is a contraction of do not and should be used only with a plural subject. The exception to this rule appears in the case of the first person and second person pronouns I and you. With these pronouns, the contraction don't should be used.
Example: She doesn't like it.
         Ram and Sony don't like it.

5. Do not be misled by a phrase that comes between the subject and the verb. The verb agrees with the subject, not with a noun or pronoun in the phrase.
Example: One of the student is absent.
         The student who listen to the teacher are few.
         The team captain, as well as his players,is active.
         The novel, including all the chapters in the first section, is boring.
         The woman with all the dogs walks down my street.

6. The words each, each one, either, neither, everyone, everybody, anybody, anyone, nobody, somebody, someone, and no one are singular and require a singular verb.
Example:Each of these dishes is tasty.
        Everybody knows Mr.Naresh.
        Either is not correct.