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Subject verb agreement : doubt

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Hi
http://gmat-grammar.blogspot.com/2006/0 ... ement.html

In above blog it says ...
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1). Compound subjects

i). When the subject of a sentence is formed of two or more nouns or pronouns connected by "and",we use a plural verb.e.g

Gold and silver are precious metals.
gold and silver--(plural subject)
are---(plural verb).

Note: Exception to the above rule is --- when the compound subjects are preceded by “every,” “no,” or “nothing”

Any example of the exception ?

It also says
Quote:
Collective nouns are singular when they refer to a unit and plural when they refer to the individuals or elements of a unit.
Example : The committee meets every friday evening.
Committee---(it is singular)
meets---(verb with s- ending)

Any example of collective noun as a plural subject
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Re: Subject verb agreement : doubt [#permalink]

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21 Mar 2009, 01:40
e.g -

1). The committee is opposed to the plan. (acting as a unit)
2). The board of directors is in session. (as a unit)
3). The jury returned its verdict. (as a unit)
4). The jury have returned to their homes. (as individuals)
5). The family have given their contributions. (as individuals)

got ans for 2nd ques ... still looking for ans to 1st question
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Re: Subject verb agreement : doubt [#permalink]

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23 Mar 2009, 07:11
example for #1

Every car, truck, and van is required to pass inspection.
Re: Subject verb agreement : doubt   [#permalink] 23 Mar 2009, 07:11
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