By Geraldine Woods
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The verb is does love. Who is doing that action? The answer is everyone — that’s your subject. When you’re identifying the subject of a question, the questions you ask yourself may sound a little odd. Why? Because in a question, the subject usually isn’t located in front of the verb. But if you ignore the awkwardness of the phrasing and concentrate on meaning, you can easily — and correctly — identify the subject of a question. ” What’s the first question that comes into your mind? ” Well, try to answer your question in the usual way, by first identifying the verb.
However, when either and neither appear with their best buds, or and nor, two things happen. First, either and neither turn into conjunctions (joining words). Second, if they’re joining two subjects, the subject that’s closer to the verb determines whether the verb is singular or plural. Yes, that’s right! This is a grammar problem you can solve with a ruler. Check out these examples: Either Ella or her bridesmaids have eaten the icing on the cake. (bridesmaids = closest subject, a plural; have eaten = plural verb) Neither the waiters nor Larry is planning to eat the leftovers.
They rely on the verb to be, a grammatical weirdo that changes drastically depending on its subject. Just be sure to match the subject of the sentence to the correct form of the verb to be. Check out these examples of -ing forms of the verb to bite: ✓ Singular present: I am biting, you are biting, Dracula is biting, no one is biting. ✓ Plural present: We are biting, you are biting, the tigers are biting, they are biting. ✓ Singular past: I was biting, you were biting, Dracula was biting, no one was biting.
Grammar Essentials For Dummies (For Dummies (Language & Literature)) by Geraldine Woods