4 Compound Topics If subjects are bound by “or,” “neither/ni,” “not only/but also,” etc., use the subject closest to the verb to determine whether the verb should be singular or plural ex. Neither the boys nor their sister. ex. Neither the girl nor her brothers do the laundry. 11 Other names of memories that end in “s” but are in fact only an object, take the plural verbs. Z.B. Pants, pliers and scissors Remember to check carefully the subjects that are separated from the verb by words or phrases. Ex. John works at the pizza parlor, as do his two friends. 10 Reminders Remember that your theme will NEVER be “there,” so be careful with an unusual word order in your sentences.
ex. There`s papers on the desk. ex. There`s a spider on the wall. Remember that names like mumps, measles, news, math and economics take individual verbs.