Always Plural Subjects
When a compound subject is joined by a coordinating conjunction (and), it takes a plural verb IF the subjects refer to different people or things and if the subject cannot be considered a unit.
- Your investments and property are sure to increase in value.
- Two nouns, not a single unit = plural
- Ham and eggs is Oralee's favorite breakfast.
- Two noun, a single unit = singular
The indefinite pronouns BOTH, FEW, MANY, SEVERAL always take plural verbs.
- Both are acceptable choices.
- It makes sense that the verb is plural. "Both" means "two" and "two" is plural.
"A number" as the subject of a sentence always takes plural verbs.
- A number of tenants are in the building.
Be aware of "irregular" plural nouns. Although they do not end in "s," they always take plural verbs.
- The news media are under attack.
- singular of media: medium
- The teacher is happy when her children are learning.
- Men, women, sheep, etc. fall into this category.