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Decide which option is correct.

1. The children ________ done all their homework. has / have


2. The government ________ announced a new policy. has/ have
3. Gymnastics _______ not exactly one o my avourite sports. is / are
!. The athletics we watched __________ really exciting. was / were
". #paghetti _______ much tastier than $acket potatoes. is / are
%. The sta _______ not satisied with the working conditions. is / are
&. 'hysics __________ an interesting su($ects. is / are
). *our $eans ________ very ashiona(le. +here did you
(uy them , is / are
-. The police ____ announcing that the road will (e closed
or two more hours. .s / are
1/. The tv news ______ on at ten . .s / are
11. The scissors _______ very sharp0 (e careul with _______ . is / are
12. +here _____ you amily live, do / does
13. The team ______ playing a(ove expectations this season. is / are
1!. Ten years _______ a long time to spend in prison. is / are
1". The $ury _________ postponed a decision. has / have
1%. 1er clothes _______ dirty and torn. was / were
1&. #ally ________ not like to dance. do / does
1). 2ish and chips _____ her avourite meal. is / are
1-. *our (elongings _______ in my way. is / are
2/. 12 3 o the people _______ unemployed. is / are
21. 4ost cattle _______ attened or slaughter. is / are
22. The holidays _____ the (est opportunity i have or spoiling
mysel. is / are
23. Ten thousand dollars ______ a lot o money. is / are
2!. 5very man and woman ______ re6uired to check in. is / are
2". 4y glasses ______ on the (edside ta(le earlier on (ut
now . can7t ind them. was / were
2%. #tamina ______ important or athletes. is / are
2&. 4umps _____ a disease where(y your salivary glands

are swollen and in pain. is / are
2). The ma$ority o the exams ______ negatively marked. was / were
2-. The lights in the room _______ (een dimmed. has / have
3/. The sheri or his deputy ______ going to (e here any
minute. is / are
31. The class _______ going on a ield trip. was / were
32. 5ach o the Girl Guides ________given a 8o( +eek
assignment. has /have
33. Little women ______ a novel (y american author louisa
may alcott. is / are
3!. 5thics ______ a code o values. is / are
3". 8ia 1ui9 as well as his parents9 _______ a lot o charity
work. do /does
3%. The amily ______ dierent views o the issue. have / has
3&. The hardworking girl ______ her work careully. do / does
3). Two kilometres ______ not ar. is / are
3-. 5ach o you ______to sign the walkathon cards. has / have
!/. :one o us ______ perect. is / are
!1. ;ll the necessary preparations _______ (een done already. has / have
!2. The irst thing the detective noticed ______ ootsteps all
over the house. was / were
!3. ;ll the news channels9 except or #outhern <iew9 ________
covered the hi$ackings o the commercial aircrat. has / have
!!. 5very(ody _____ expected to (e here (y & a.m. is / are
!". The students ________ most o their work in the aternoon. do/ does
!%. :either o the men ______ working. is / are
!&. The =nited #tates _______ a country o opportunity. is / are
the pro(lem at the picnic ________ wasps. was / were
!). 4ost o the children _______ in good health. is / are
!-. ; num(er o citi>ens __________ complained a(out the
new law. has / have
"/. ______ they play hockey, do/does
?ey
@ne can hear 6uiet oten that politics _______ a dirty game. .s
The government ________ announced a new policy. 1ave
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/ has
Gymnastics _______ not exactly one o my avourite sports. .s
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.n Aritish usage9 however9 collective nouns are more oten treated as pluralsB The government have not
announced a new policy.
;merican 5nglish preers the singular in some cases where Aritish 5nglish preers the plural.
The athletics we watched __________ really exciting. +as
#paghetti _______ much tastier than $acket potatoes. .s
The sta _______ not satisied with the working conditions. ;re
'hysics __________ to interest $anet. #eems
*our $eans ________ very ashiona(le. +here did you (uy _____ , ;re9 them
The police ____ announcing that the road will (e closed or two more hours. ;re
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The tv news ______ on at ten. .s
3
The scissors _______ very sharp0 (e careul with _______ . ;re9 them
+here _____ you amily live, Do / does
The team ______ playing a(ove expectations this season. .s
!
/ are
Ten years _______ a long time to spend in prison. .s
"

The $ury _________ postponed a decision. 1as / have
1er clothes _______ dirty and torn. +ere
1er exact wherea(outs ________ unknown. Cemains / remain
2ish and chips _____ her avourite meal. .s
*our (elongings _______ in my way. ;re
%
12 3 o the people _______ unemployed. ;re
&
4ost cattle _____ attened or slaughter. ;re
The holidays _____ the (est opportunity i have or spoiling mysel. ;re
Ten thousand dollars ______ a lot o money. .s
5very man and woman ______ re6uired to check in. .s
4y glasses ______ on the (edside ta(le earlier on (ut now i can7t ind _____ .
+ere9 them
#tamina ______ important or athletes. .s
4umps _____ a disease where(y your salivary glands are swollen and in pain. .s
The ma$ority o the exams ______ negatively marked. +ere
The lights in the room _______ (een dimmed. 1ave
The sheri or his deputy ______ going to (e here any minute. .s
)
The class _______ going on a ield trip. +as
The lock o (irds _______ a ormation in the sky. 4akes
There are a num(er o words like government, company, team, department, committee9 association,
audience, class, club, community, crowd, family, jury, orchestra, population, press, staff, which can (e
ollowed (y a singular ver( or a plural ver(. .t depends on how you perceive the noun9 whether as a unit9
or as a group o individuals.
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+ords police, staff have plural ver(
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+ords like the news, diabetes, measles, means ( = method or money), economics, D.. have a singular
ver(.
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. you want to emphasi>e that the team is playing as a uniied unit9 unctioning as one9 use #ingular
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+ords stating an amount Etime9 money9 weight9 etc.F are usually singular and take a singular ver(.
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The words belongings, earnings, goods, outsirts, premises, savings are ollowed (y plural.
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The words such as percent, fraction, part, majority,Glook at the noun in of phrase Eo($ect o the
prepositionF to determine whether to use a singular or plural ver(. . the o($ect o the preposition is
singular9 use a singular ver(. . the o($ect o the preposition is plural9 use a plural ver(.
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+hen su($ects are $oined (y !either...or," !neither...nor," !not only...but also," the ver( agrees with the su($ect
closest to it.
Little women _____ a novel (y american author louisa may alcott. .s
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5thics ______ a code o values. .s
:either $ohn nor trevor ______ like car racing. Hikes
The amily ______ dierent views o the issue. 1ave I the su($ect reers to the
individuals o a group.
'hysics ______ with light9 sound9 heat9 electricity and matter in motion. Deals
Two kilometres ______ not ar. .s
1ere ______ a list o things we need to (uy. .s
:one o us ______ perect. .s
1/

;ll the necessary preparations _______ (een done already. 1ave
The irst thing the detective noticed ______ ootsteps all over the house. +as
;lex is one o those guys who ______ (eer to spirits. 'reer
5very(ody _____ expected to (e here (y & a.m. .s
The rich ______ richer9 while the poor _______ poorer. Get
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:either o the men ______ working. .s
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The united states _______ a country o opportunity. .s
The pro(lem at the picnic ________ wasps. +as
4ost o the children _______ in good health. ;re
; num(er o citi>ens __________ complained a(out the new law. 1ave
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; title9 organi>ation9 or country9 even when plural in orm9 usually takes a singular ver(.
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#one and all can take a singular or a plural ver(9 depending on what they mean. =se a
singular ver( when none means no one9 not one or not any9 (ut a plural ver( when none
suggests more than one person. #imilarly9 all takes a singular ver( when meaning the whole9
(ut a plural ver( when meaning all the particulars.
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;d$ectives proceeded (y T15 and used as plural nouns take a plural ver(.
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Cemem(er I each someone anyone nobody one somebody no one anybody everyone everybody su($ects always
take singular ver(s.