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    MsNyree is offline Member
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    Default subject-verb agreement

    If I were to say, ď Your feelings and opinions donít matter when it comes to us what actually happen at the partyĒ, what is the subject? Is your the subject or feelings and opinions? If your is the subject than donít become doesnít?

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    Default Re: subject-verb agreement

    Quote Originally Posted by MsNyree View Post
    If I were to say, “ Your feelings and opinions don’t matter when it comes to us what actually happen at the party”, what is the subject? Is your the subject or feelings and opinions? If your is the subject than don’t become doesn’t?
    Your is a determiner and part of the subject "Your feelings and opinions".

    However it seems that there is something wrong with this sentence:

    “ Your feelings and opinions don’t matter when it comes to us what actually happen at the party”

    A more natural sounding version could read:

    “ Your feelings and opinions don’t matter to us when it comes to what actually happens at the party”

    Happen is not the correct verb form; the verb must agree with its subject (what). If you want it to be a present tense verb, it must have the 3rd person S (happens).



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    Default Re: subject-verb agreement

    OR -

    When it comes to us, your feelings and opinions about what actually happen at the party don't matter."

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    Default Re: subject-verb agreement

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    OR -

    When it comes to us, your feelings and opinions about what actually happen at the party don't matter."
    I'd expect either 'what happens at the party' (if it's a planned event) or 'what happened at the party' (if it's already done). As colloquium said, the subject of the verb is 'what'.

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