In sentence A, “One” is the subject of the sentence, and one is singular. There is no other solution. Some people find ways to say that “none” is not singular, but rather “are not” acceptable, but I can`t see that at all. If “one” is singular, then “zero” is also singular. In sentence B, we calculate as words, and “one-third of” is a multiplication. For example, if the number of new teachers is 999, then (1/3) x (999) = 333, which is still plural. Sometimes writers are so busy adding descriptible information to their sentences that they forget whether the theme was singular or plural when they reach the verb. Remember that the verb must correspond to the subject and not to the descriptive clause inserted in the sentence. While errors with the correspondence between the subject and the verb in spoken English can apparently slip without effects, they can pose a written problem. Please don`t write like my two-year-old says! It only takes a few extra seconds to make sure your sentence “works” grammatically.
If you have fun examples of chord issues or if you have a real toughie who needs the attention of a professional, please comment below! If there are two topics in a sentence that are related by “and”, use plural text. If the two subjects are connected by “or” or “nor”, use a singularverb. Common grammatical errors: Subject-verb discrepancies. The subject of a sentence must correspond to the verb of the sentence: in number: Singular vs Plural. personally: first, second or third person. Most languages have a sequence of words like this: a) subject, verb, direct object. (b) Subject, direct object, verb. c) Verb, subject, direct object. Other things like indirect objects and adverbians vary from language to language. The usual sequence of words is quite a mathematical and logical thing. When it comes to adjectives and adverbians, many people don`t seem to know that in English: a) adjectives, including articles, normally execute their nouns, but the attached prepositional sentences usually follow them. (A truck of corals from the bottom of the sea.) b) Adverbians, including adverbal prepositional sentences, generally follow their verbs.
There are exceptions where the adverb is highlighted. That`s how people who have their adverbians in front of them all the time. You could write everything in capital letters! * There are a few crazy words that people often stumble upon. All of the following words are singular and require a singular verb: in Latin languages like Spanish, French, and Italian, adjectives usually follow their nouns, with the exception of articles. A great example of this is California**, where you will see a lot of brands for “El Camino Real”. “real” means “royal,” so it`s not a matter of real things. It`s “The Highway Royal” = “The Royal Highway” or even “The King`s Highway”. The subject-verb agreement is if the subject and verb match in number/plurality….