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    May I ask what is the principle that I'm poor at please?

    Hi everyone! Thank you for visiting my thread, I'm a Singaporean currently waiting for my university to start. In the meantime I've decided to start a website but I realised I've a lot of grammar problems throughout my site and when I searched for answers, I couldn't find one because I don't know what term to search for.

    If it's possible, could you help me identify what's the principle or rule that I'm constantly struggling with please? Here are the two sentences

    1) At BG Academy, our trainees are always at the top of our mind (is it mind or minds? the full context can be found at here

    2) That the girls and the boys sometimes read quietly always seems strange. (Why is it read and not reads & why is it seems not seem?)

    Any help would be most appreciated. I thank you for reading my question and Happy new year everybody!
    - Gerald Ong

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    Re: May I ask what is the principle that I'm poor at please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gerald Ong View Post
    Hi everyone! Thank you for visiting reading my thread. I'm a Singaporean, currently waiting for my university to start. In the meantime, I've decided to start a website, but I realised I've I have a lot of grammar problems throughout my site, and when I searched for answers, I couldn't find one any because I don't know what term to search for.

    If it's possible, could you help me identify what the principle or rule that I'm constantly struggling with is, please? Here are the two sentences:

    1) At BG Academy, our trainees are always at the our top priority. of our mind (is it mind or minds? the full context can be found at here
    Now, that sentence sounds natural.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gerald Ong View Post
    2) That the girls and the boys sometimes read quietly always seems strange.
    Why is it "read" and not "reads", and why is it "seems" not "seem?"

    "Read"
    is correct because the subject (the girls and the boys) is plural.
    "Seems" is correct because it refers to a situation. It seems always seems strange.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gerald Ong View Post
    Any help would be most appreciated. I thank you for reading my question, and Happy New Year everybody!
    - Gerald Ong

    You're welcome, and Happy New Year to you too, Gerald.

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    Re: May I ask what is the principle that I'm poor at please?

    I think the topic of grammar(principle, as he puts it) that Gerald is looking for is "subject-verb agreement".
    http://www.grammarbook.com/grammar/subjectVerbAgree.asp
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: May I ask what is the principle that I'm poor at please?

    Number agreement is one of the most complex things in English for me.

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    Re: May I ask what is the principle that I'm poor at please?

    I have a question, Gerald Ong. Why do you call them "trainees" and not "students"?

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