Common Errors – Answers for Agreement

I previously wrote about a common error that many students make in writing, especially when rushing to finish an IELTS essay in time. This is agreement between different parts of speech.  See the post here.

Here are the answers for the sample sentences I gave (changes in bold). How did you do?

Make any corrections if necessary:

 1) I think both strict governmental regulations and parental supervision needs to be in place.
  • Subject is plural (BOTH a and b), therefore + plural verb

2) Furthermore, upon retiring, they will have no new income, so their care and costs of living will be shouldered by public funds. correct

3) The other three nations spent nearly the same amount in this regard.

  • number + noun (if there is more than one, the noun must be plural)

4) If students don’t want to do this kind of jobs in the future, there aren’t many options.

  • after phrases such as ” kind of “ (+ singular)

5) One of the problems with this measure is that it is hard to enforce.

  • “one of “ (+ plural noun + singular verb)

6) The number of applications for this particular job has dropped in recent years.

  • ” the/a number of” ( + plural noun + singular verb)

7) There are many things that should be considered when suggesting solutions.

  • after ” many “ ( + plural )

8) Each of the subcommittees have a specific goal to achieve.

  • after “every” and “each” ( + singular )

9) Every conceivable type of problem arises in the first few weeks.

  • after “every” and “each” ( + singular , so verb must agree)

10) Does Do the client and project manager agree to the terms of the contract?

  • The subject is plural (client AND project manager), so question verb (auxiliary verb) is plural

11) Three hundred dollars isn’t too much to pay. correct

  • number + noun (if there is more than one, the noun must be plural) BUT
  • phrases of time, money and weight when regarded as one unit (+ singular verb)



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