A few weeks ago, someone sent us an email to ESL-Library.com to find out if the grammar on our homepage is correct. In the protest lesson presented in the Middle East, this sentence sowed confusion: “In recent years, there has been an increasing number of peaceful and violent protests.” The person wanted to know if.” there was a growing number of… It was the right thing to do. It shouldn`t.” There is a growing number of.. ” ? Possible duplicate: a number of questions “were asked” or “were asked”? Tell your students to see it this way: a certain number means a lot. Since “many + plural” adopts a plural verblage, you would say, “Many cars are on the highway at rush hour.” Similarly, you would say, “A number of cars are on the highway during rush hour.” This is a question that often confuses our students! The problem is that the subject-verb concordance for the expressions “a number” and “the number of” is different. This is how I usually explain it to my students: some indeterminate pronouns are particularly boring Everyone (even listed above) certainly feels like more than one person and therefore students are sometimes tempted to use a plural veneer with them. But they are always singular. Each is often followed by a prepositional sentence that ends with a plural word (each of the cars), disorienting the choice of verb. Everyone too is always singular and requires a singular verb. For more exercise, see if your students can choose these phrases on the Internet, in newspapers, or in magazines. This is also a very common grammar question in Part 5 of the TOEIC test, so make sure that all students preparing to write this test memorize the correct subject-verb match for these expressions. For more information about the subject-verb agreement, see Plural. Sentences like with, as well as, and with, are not the same as and.
The sentence, which is introduced both by and at the same time, changes the previous word (in this case mayor), but it does not connect the themes (like the word and would do). On the other hand, there is an indeterminate pronoun, none that can be either singular or plural; It doesn`t matter if you use a singular or a plural plate, unless something else in the sentence determines its number. (Writers usually don`t think of anyone not to mean just any one, and choose a plural verb, as in “No engine works,” but if something else causes us not to consider any as one, we want a singular verb, as in “None of the foods are fresh.”) Don`t be confused by the word “student”; the subject is each and everyone is always singular Everyone is responsible….