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    relative clause and verb agreement

    I have trouble with verb agreement in the sentences that I am going to make up below.

    (1) He runs fast and jumps far which makes me think he is the current world champion.

    (2) Every year she scores 98% or higher on all international tests which proves that she is very smart.

    (3) This strawberry is brown and that cherry is white which show that they are not real fruit.

    I marked the relative clauses in red.

    In (1), I think you use a singular verb because it modifies the entire clause.
    In (2), I am not really sure. If the verb modifies the entire clause, then it should be 'proves'. If it modifies "tests", it should be "prove".
    In (3), I think you use a plural verb because there is a compound sentence in the relative clause.

    Please explain them. Thank you for helping me.

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    Re: relative clause and verb agreement

    You need a comma after all of the red parts, ie. before the non-defining relative clause.
    To me, they all relate to the whole previous clause/s. I'd use a singular verb for all three.

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    Re: relative clause and verb agreement

    The relative clauses are not in red. Those are the main clauses.

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