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Authors often expect the verb to be consistent with organizations, but the topic is one (with the implied theme « an organization »), so the sentence should be: « One of the four organizations reports that this type of software is being used. » This error is common because, although the number of organizations in the study is larger than four, and the sentence means that for every four organizations, one of them uses the software, the authors do not recognize that the sentence should be read literally. (It is essentially expressed that, statistically, among four organizations, one of them reports the use of this type of software.) Also, if another number is replaced by one, the report is correct, and many people do not recognize the subtle distinction. But what is the main verb? In other words, what is the author really trying to say about the class? In this sentence, the verb « love » is plural, and it is not true, because it refers to the theme « everyone » which is singular. The theme of a sentence should match the verb of the sentence: being able to find the right topic and verb will help you correct the errors of the subject-verb chord. The subject-verb agreement is probably the most difficult part of English to master for new learners. Here, in English, we address the gist of the subject verb chord and show you how WhiteSmoke works to detect and correct matching errors in sentences. Two other pain-in-the-pick-your body part pronouns are either and neither if they are without their partners or else. When they are alone, either and neither are always singular, even if you insert a huge group (or only a group of two) between them and their verbs. So if you remember the rule that a verb should be plural, if they associate two or more subjects with the conjunction `and` you should generally succeed: and what is the verb? Well, there is only one verb in this sentence – « stay. » In this case, the subjects are related to the word ET, and this makes the composite subject plural.

Either Ella or her bridesmaids ate the icing on the cake. (bridesmaid – closest subject, plural; eaten – plural) Although it is quite easy in English to match your themes and verbs, there are some common mistakes that people make when the themes of sentences are pronouns.