SUBJECT has many definitions. Here are just two:
In grammar, SUBJECT refers to the main topic or focus of every sentence. Its most important role is to instruct the VERB. If the SUBJECT is SINGULAR, the VERB must be SINGULAR. If the SUBJECT is PLURAL, the VERB must be PLURAL. This relationship is known as SUBJECT-VERB MATCHING. Sounds easy peasy? It's not, especially as sentences become increasingly complex. But don't fret: I'll cover this SUBJECT one spoonful at a time.
In order to properly match SUBJECTS and VERBS, the first step is to determine whether the SUBJECT is SINGULAR or PLURAL.
SINGULAR SUBJECTS with explanations:
PLURAL SUBJECTS with explanations:
Special Note: English grammar has exceptions to every rule. If you order a peanut butter AND jelly sandwich, you'll get ONE sandwich.
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Laura Fineberg Cooper