Rules of Correction:
Rule No 1:
The verb must agree with a number and person.
- He were going to college. (Incorrect).
He was going to college.
- They has finished their work. (incorrect)
They have finished their work.
Rule No 2:
when two subjects are joined with “by, with, along, as long as, in addition to” the verb and the pronoun follow with the 1st subject.
- Aslam with all his friends are sure to pass. (incorrect)
Aslam with all his friends is sure to pass.
- I as well as he goes to college. (incorrect)
I as well as he go to college.
Rule No 3:
when two subjects are joined with “are, either or, neither nor and not only but also” the verb and pronoun follow the nearest last subject.
- Neither he nor his friends was present in the party. (Incorrect)
Neither he nor his friends were present in the party.
- Either he or his brother have stolen my book. (incorrect)
Either he or his brother has stolen my book.
Rule No 4:
when two different subjects are joined by “and”, the verb is always plural.
- A cat and dog was fighting in the street. (incorrect)
A cat and dog were fighting in the street.
- A boy and girl was playing in the garden. (Incorrect)
A boy and girl were playing in the garden.
Rule No 5:
When two different nouns combine in one unite or express one idea, they take singular verb.
- Bread and butter are hardly available. (incorrect)
‘Bread and butter’ is hardly available.
- ‘The horse and the carriage’ are at the door. (incorrect)
‘The horse and the carriage’ is at the door.
Rule No 6:
We always use singular verb after “many a” and “more than one”.
- Many a students were present in class. (incorrect)
Many a students was present in class.
- More than one man were killed. (incorrect)
More than one man was killed.
Rule No 7:
We always use plural verb after “both, many, and several”.
- Both of them was absent. (Incorrect)
Both of them were absent.
- Only a few people leads a happy life. (Incorrect).
Only a few people lead a happy life.
Rule No 8:
if a sentence start with “who”, we always use singular verb.
- It were the children who helped the stranger. (incorrect)
It was the children who helped the stranger.
- It were his friend who helped him in trouble. (Incorrect)
It was his friend who helped him in trouble.
Rule No 9:
We always use singular verb after the following words. “Each, every, either, neither, none, no one, some one, any one, any body, no body, nothing”.
- Each of these two girls are intelligent. (incorrect)
Each of these two girls is intelligent.
- Any one of them are present. (incorrect)
Any one of them is present.
Rule No 10:
We always use singular verb after “minority & majority”. While we use plural verb after “minority of & majority of”:
- Majority in college have failed. (Incorrect)
Majority in college has failed.
- Majority of these students in college has failed. (incorrect)
Majority of these students in college have failed.
Rule No 11:
Title of articles, books, poems, take singular verb.
- Words Worth’s “Daffodils” are beautiful poem. (incorrect)
Words Worth’s “Daffodils” is beautiful poem.
Rule No 12:
We always use as other the following words “Reward, describe, represent, poetry, define, treat, depict.
- I reward him for my brother. (incorrect)
I reward him as my brother.
- Jahangir has been described the most just king. (Incorrect)
Jahangir has been described as the most just king.
Rule No 13:
We do not use as after the following word “consider, think, turn, call, nominate, name, promote.
- They consider him as a grateful. (incorrect)
They consider him a grateful.
- He was named as a Aslam by his parents. (incorrect)
He was named a Aslam by his parents.