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    Default Quick Questions: Subject - verb Agreement

    1. Is the below sentence correct?
    "Chips and beans is her favorite appetizer."

    2. "None but his supportes believe his story." -- Is it correct?
    Let me know whether "believe" agrees to the plural verb "supporters". However,as I know, NONE is singular and must take singular verb.

    3. I think, in below sentence, "it" is referring to the precedent sentence. Isn't it?
    On the Great Plains, nineteenth-century settlers used mud and grass to build their homes, doing it without timber and nails.
    A .settlers used mud and grass to build their homes, doing it without
    B .settlers used mud and grass to build their homes, did it without
    C .settlers used mud and grass to build their homes, making them while not having
    D .settlers used mud and grass to build their homes, making do without
    E .settlers' homes were built of mud and grass, making do without

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    Default Re: Quick Questions: Subject - verb Agreement

    Chips and beans is her favorite appetizer.

    Informed choice between singular and plural in this case comes down to the author's view of the subject. Singular is used when the subject is thought to be served as one dish as opposed to the choice of plural in case '(c)hips and beans' are regarded as compound.

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    None but his supportes believe his story.

    None (believe his story) but his supporters believe his story. -- The bracketed part is ellipted.

    none:
    (used with a plural verb) no or not any persons or things: I left three pies on the table and now there are none. None were left when I came.

    None definition | Dictionary.com

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    On the Great Plains, nineteenth-century settlers used mud and grass to build their homes, doing it without timber and nails.


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    Default Re: Quick Questions: Subject - verb Agreement

    None:
    When individuality is being emphasized (that is, =‘not one’), a singular form of the verb is used:

    “She is difficult to describe physically - none of her features is particularly striking.”
    (That is, of all her facial features, not one is striking.)

    “It was a quiet night in the restaurant. There was an elderly couple in one of the booths, but none of the other tables was occupied.”
    (That is, not one table, not a single other table was occupied.)

    When you are considering things as a collective group (the notion of a sub-group within a larger group), use the plural:
    “She had many boyfriends and love affairs in her younger years, but none were very serious.”

    “Many factors contribute to rampant disease in African countries, but fortunately, none of these are present in South Africa.
    ...............
    'it' refers to 'building their homes'.

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    Default Re: Quick Questions: Subject - verb Agreement

    Nice explanation on "None".

    Can anyone explain Q3? I thought the same ('it' is referring to 'action') but went wrong.

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    Default Re: Quick Questions: Subject - verb Agreement

    REgarding Q3, I put in bold the parts with the same referent. Are you not satisfied with it?

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    Default Re: Quick Questions: Subject - verb Agreement

    Yes, I agree with you. Even I selected the same (option A) on exam, but I was wrong.

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