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    Matching the subject's number with the verb number

    Hello, my question regards the sentence below. I wrote it, so it could be full of mistakes. Do not panic...

    When the typical citizen embarks on the task of thinking about the possible causes of this deterioration, recurrent topics appear/s: lack of education, corrupt politicians, the slothful youngsters, etc.

    After doing a web search, it seems to be "appear", but I can't understand why. The numbers don't match: topics is plural, so appears must be plural as well.

    Thank you!

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    Re: Matching the subject's number with the verb number

    Quote Originally Posted by salvador.dal1950 View Post
    The numbers don't match: topics is plural, so appears must be plural as well.

    Thank you!
    Where did you learn that?

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    Re: Matching the subject's number with the verb number

    You are right, I'm talking nonsense. That rule does not exist, I was thinking about the verb "to be", and this is not the case.

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    Re: Matching the subject's number with the verb number

    Quote Originally Posted by salvador.dal1950 View Post
    You are right, I'm talking nonsense. That rule does not exist, I was thinking about the verb "to be", and this is not the case.
    Verbs can't be plural. The subject and verb must agree whether the verb is "to appear" or "to be".
    I am/appear
    You are/appear
    He, she, it appears. etc.

    They appear -> Topics appear

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    Re: Matching the subject's number with the verb number

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Verbs can't be plural.
    While that statement is technically correct, the use of "plural verb" or "singular verb" is extremely common.

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