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Week 3 Notes JOUR 1330

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These notes cover subject / verb agreement, collective nouns, indefinite pronouns, prepositional phrases,
Precision Language for Journalists
Nerissa Young
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subject, verb, agreement, collective, indefinite, Pronouns, prepositional
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Date Created: 09/07/16
Subject/Verb Agreement    The number of the verb should always agree with the ​number of the subject    Singular subject means singular verb  Plural Subject means plural verb    Ex: The C ​ ommittee ​is ​ deciding on the bill     Committee is the singular subject while is acts as the plural verb     If there are nouns or pronouns between the subject and the verb, the verb agrees with the subject,  not the intervening noun or pronoun.    Wednesday’s ​newspaper​ , along with its supplements ​is​ our biggest edition.     If a sentence begins with “here” or “ there” the ver​b agrees with the​ subject following the verb.    For Example:  Here comes the teacher  Here come the teachers     There goes the student  There go the students    Collective Nouns ​denote a collection of persons or things regarded as a unit.   ­board,commission,committee,company,corporation,council…    Proper Nouns ​of an associations board, companies,etc. Also qualify as collective nouns     Single form = single group operating  Plural form = plural group operating    The jury was unanimous ( singular)  The jury were split ( plural)     Uncountable Nouns ​have no plural , although many of them seem to be in the plural form  already.  ★ Some take a singular verb and some a plural one.   Singular verbs = athletics, information, mathematics, measles, mumps,news.  ( Just to name a  few examples )     Plural Verbs = proceeds, riches, scissors, shears, tactics,wages.  ( Just to name a few examples )     Singular or Plural depending on context such as ethics, headquarters, mechanics, politics,  savings, series, statistics.     ­Politics is her favorite subject.    In this example “politics” is described as a subject a student is taking in school not the actual  politics     Her politics are socialistic   In this sentence politics does mean a woman's standards when it comes to the government.    Units of Measurements   ( distance, money,time and weight)     Singular verb = if seems as a single amount     Seven years ​is a long time to graduate.     Seven y ​ ears have passed ​ since she graduated.     “Couple,” “ Majority,” “Number” and “Total”     Singular verb = preceded by “a”   When talking about a married couple, use the plural verb to avoid awkward phrasing     Fractions and percentages  singular or plural depending on the noun or pronoun  following than    ­ One fourth of the c ​ ases are ​ cured.  ­ One fourth of the ​book is​ dull.    Indefinite Pronouns   None is singular = “none of it” or “not one” ( Which it means most of the time)     None is plural = “ none of them” or “ no two”     None of the students who has attended the workshop ​is graduating ​( No single one who has  attended) none of the same approach. No two agree    Each   Singular = comes before the verb  Plural = comes after the verb     Either, Neither =  singular verbs   Neither of the students  is going to the game.    ★ Conjunctions or pronouns     Prepositional Phrases   Noun or pronoun following the prepositional is almost never the actual subject. So the verb  agrees with the noun or pronoun before misses a deadline.     One of ( the, those, these) ( who, which,that) = subject follows of     ★ She is ​one of those ​teachers ​who are ​ never too busy to see a student. 


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