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    Subject-Verb Agreement with Correlative Conjunctions

    Convention 1 The Proximity Rule. Under this convention, the element nearest the verb determines whether it is singular or plural. For example:


    • Neither the lorry nor the vans are available.

    (The element nearest the verb is plural, so the verb is plural.)


    Convention 2 The Logic Rule. Under this convention, if any of the elements are plural, the verb is plural. For example:



    • Neither the lorries nor the van are available.

    (The first element is plural, so the verb is plural. This would be wrong using The Proximity Rule.)

    http://www.grammar-monster.com/gloss...KLPCSySAX0C.99
    I was taught if there's a singular noun nearest the verb, the verb should be singular, so I think The Logic Rule is wrong, 'are' in "Neither the lorries nor the van are" is incorrect because of the singular noun 'van'. Isn't it?

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    Re: Subject-Verb Agreement with Correlative Conjunctions

    Hello, Yonsu99.
    I would follow 'The Proximity Rule', which would make the "subject-verb agreement" a lot easier for us.

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    Re: Subject-Verb Agreement with Correlative Conjunctions

    Normally, I would follow the proximity rule, but different people handle this situation in different ways.

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