In this video you will learn how to avoid a very common subject-verb agreement error that people make all the time – in college, at work, and in social media. Even in books.
Let me give you an example from a writer whom I happen to like a lot:
“Life and business is like the seasons.”
What is wrong with this sentence?
Well, it has what’s called “a compound subject,” which is a subject that consists of two separate concepts – “life” and “business.”
In this case, the subjects are connected with the word AND, and this makes the compound subject plural.
Now, “life” is singular. And so is “business.” However, together, united by the word AND, they are plural. They are not ONE thing but TWO things.
And a plural must have a plural form of the verb to refer to it.
And so we have, “Life AND business ARE like the seasons,” not IS like the seasons.
Get it? Okay. Watch out for this common error, and you’ll stand out in your writing and speech, because so many people make this mistake.
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