Singular subject and singular verb:
- My uncle has bushy eyebrows.
- She eats a lot of Belgian chocolate.
Plural subject and plural verb:
- They run down the road.
- The children have very loving parents.
The verb agrees with the subject and NOT with the noun next to it.
Correct: Her bouquet of flowers is a birthday present.
Incorrect: Her bouquet of flowers are a birthday present.
(The subject here is bouquet, which is part of the noun phrase bouquet of flowers. Since bouquet is a singular item, and we are referring to it and not the flowers, a singular verb should be used.)
- Correct: The man with two briefcases is heading for the airport.
- Incorrect: The man with two briefcases are heading for the airport.
- Correct: The instruction to the boys was not clear.
- Incorrect: The instruction to the boys were not clear.
- Correct: The thieves who stole the money have escaped.
- Incorrect: The thieves who stole the money has escaped.
- Correct: The cost of goods has gone up.
- Incorrect: The cost of goods have gone up.
- Correct: One of the leaders is a female.
- Incorrect: One of the leaders are a female.