Which subject-verb agreement is correct in the sentences?Angelina, Tara, and Lori likes to go to the cinema.Tea, coffee, or juice is served with breakfast.In the play, Romeo and Juliet, there is...

Which subject-verb agreement is correct in the sentences?

Angelina, Tara, and Lori likes to go to the cinema.
Tea, coffee, or juice is served with breakfast.
In the play, Romeo and Juliet, there is multiple acts.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In the first answer choice, the subject-verb agreement would be:

Angelina, Tara, and Lori like to go to the cinema.

This is because there are three girls. Since the subject is plural, the verb has to be plural as well.  The plural verb "like" is needed here, rather than the singular verb "likes" in the example.

Tea, coffee, or juice is served with breakfast.

In this second case, only one drink is served.  Therefore a singular verb is used.  In this case "is" would be the singular verb.

For the last one, you also need a different verb.

 In the play, Romeo and Juliet, there are multiple acts.

This one is a little tricky, because the subject of the adjectival there-clause is delayed.  "There" is a "dummy" subject and not the real subject.  "In the play" is an introductory adverbial clause with "in" functioning as an adverb of location.  If you invert the main clause order to "multiple acts are," then the subject comes before the verb, and you can see that "acts" is plural and needs the plural verb "are" for agreement and not the singular verb "is" as in the original sentence.

Subject-verb agreement is very important.  To help yourself decide, try taking some of the words out of the sentence and reducing it to its simplest point.

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(1) Incorrect-two or more singular subjects connected by 'and' usually take a verb in the plural.

(2) Correct-two or more singular subjects connected by or, nor, either-or, neither-nor take a verb in the singular.

(3) Incorrect- in place 'is' use 'are'. Plural verb.

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