Chapter 1 - Subject-Verb Disagreement
“There’s lots of these mistakes.”
Way too many people have forgotten the rule: A subject must agree with its verb in number. A singular subject demands a singular verb. A plural subject demands a plural verb. Writers risk their credibility with knowledgeable readers if subject-verb disagreements creep into their prose. We’ve tried to cover the most common mistakes here.
Overview of Subject-Verb Disagreement
In my career, I have reviewed thousands of writing samples of lawyers, engineers, students, government workers, and other smart people. Without any doubt, the most prevalent grammatical mistake is subject-verb disagreements in number.
One stands out and thus deserves the top spot in the chapter.
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