Some general guidelines for making your verb match your subject:
1. The following pronouns take a singular verb:
(However, when "each" follows a plural subject, the verb is plural: "The students each have different ways of studying.")
2. A compound subject preceded by the word "each" or "every" is singular.
3. The following indefinite pronouns are either singular or plural, depending on context of meaning:
4. these indefinite pronouns are plural:
5. the word "number" is singular when preceded by "the" and plural when preceded by "a."
6. A compound subject joined by "and" takes a plural verb.
7. A compound subject joined by anything other than "and," such as "as well as," "in addition to," or "along with" takes a singular verb (if the main subject is singular).
8. A compound subject joined by "or" or "nor" takes a verb that agrees with the subject closest to the verb.
Paper or envelopes were in the desk.
Envelopes or paper was on the shelf. (Yes, that looks wrong, but it isn't)
"either/or" and "neither/nor" follow this same pattern.
Published at eXcessica, BarbarianSpy
, and Cyberworld Publishing
under the names habu
and Dirk Hessian
From 4-star 1 May 2011 review by Examiner.comís Acquanetta Ferguson of menage novella Dark Primeval
: There is also something to be said for a man who writes erotica. Some donít get it and write porn, but Habu gets what erotica is all about and the story comes off as a powerful read.
For illustrated GM stories, see stories under my habu author name at http://www.barbarianspy.com
Also, coauthoring as Shabbu
and Stephen Kessel
From the 4 1/2-Star August Rainbow Review on I Met a Man
: . . . a thoroughly wonderful reading experience for me. I look forward to reading more from the writing collaboration of habu and Sabb, who I believe make an important contribution to gay literature.