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    Default subject verb agreement

     
    It is safer to live in a small city, because there is fewer street gangs and drugs in small city.
    Besides that the army and all Islamic press groups is in his hands. If it is correct why the verb is singular.


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    Default Re: subject verb agreement

    Quote Originally Posted by arzgol View Post
     
    It is safer to live in a small city, because there is are less street gangs and drugs in a small city.
    Besides that, the army and all Islamic press groups
    is are in his hands.

    If it is correct why the verb is singular.

    They are incorrect, you need the plural 'are' to make the sentences correct English.

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    Default Re: subject verb agreement

    Quote Originally Posted by arzgol View Post
     
    It is safer to live in a small city, because there are less fewer street gangs and drugs in small city.
    Many native speakers make that mistake, but it is still a mistake.

    less money, time, experience*, uncountable nouns.
    fewer people, gangs, drugs, experiences*, countable nouns.

    * Not a mistake - 'experience' can operate as a countable or as a non-countable nouns, with slightly different meanings.

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    Default Re: subject verb agreement

    Quote Originally Posted by arzgol View Post
     
    It is safer to live in a small city, because there is are fewer street gangs and drugs in a small city.
    Besides that, the army and all Islamic press groups isare in his hands. If it is correct, why is the verb is singular?


    Thank you for taking the time answering my question.

     
    It should not be singular.

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