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1. The headline news in today's paper _____ (is, are) bad.

1. The headline news in today's paper is bad.

2. Some players _____ (was, were) hugging one another after their victory.

2. Some players were hugging one another after their victory.

3. (This, These) _____ lice can actually be seen on her hair.

3. These lice can actually be seen on her hair. (Lice is the plural form of louse, a small insect which infects human skin and hair.)

4. Mathematics _____ (is, are) never my favourite subject in school.

4. Mathematics is never my favourite subject in school.

5. A million dollars _____ (is, are) what he hopes to win on the lottery.

5. A million dollars is what he hopes to win on the lottery.

6. Members of the audience _____ (was, were) singing along with the singer.

6. Members of the audience were singing along with the singer.

7. Three months _____ (is, are) not a long time to wait.

7. Three months is not a long time to wait.

8. The leader, with several of his followers, _____ (was, were) captured by the police.

8. The leader, with several of his followers, was captured by the police.

9. My new pair of trousers _____ (has, have) not been washed yet.

9. My new pair of trousers has not been washed yet.

10. The teacher, together with all her students, _____ (is, are) in the science lab.

10. The teacher, together with all her students, is in the science lab.

11. “Slow down! Deer _____ (is, are) crossing the road.

11. “Slow down! Deer are crossing the road. (The plural of deer is deer. Deer is used as plural here. Singular: “Slow down! A deer is crossing the road.)

12. Mary, as well as her friends, _____ (has, have) decided not to go.

12. Mary, as well as her friends, has decided not to go.

13. My spectacles _____ (is, are) a lot cheaper than yours.

13. My spectacles are a lot cheaper than yours.

14. His hand, not his legs, _____ (was, were) injured in the accident.

14. His hand, not his legs, was injured in the accident.

15. There _____ (has, have) been a lot of complaints lately.

15. There have been a lot of complaints lately.

16. A number of the students (is, are) affected by the disease outbreak.

16. A number of the students are affected by the disease outbreak.

17. How many of you _____ (like, likes) to eat pizza?

17. How many of you like to eat pizza?

18. _____ (Was, Were) you the one who fell into the river?

18. Were you the one who fell into the river?

19. Sugar and oil _____ (is, are) then added to the other ingredients.

19. Sugar and oil are then added to the other ingredients.

20. He thinks an effective means of getting what he wants _____ (is, are) stealing.

20. He thinks an effective means of getting what he wants is stealing. (Means can be used as singular or plural. It is because an is used here, means is therefore a singular.)