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Subjects Joined by "And"

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Feb 8, 2011 5:30:00 AM

We see confusion reign when it comes to multiple subjects in sentences. Let's refer to some cogent advice from The Gregg Reference Manual:

If the subject consists of two or more words that are connected by and or by both...and, the subject is plural and requires a plural verb.

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Topics: singular verb, multiple subjects, plural or singular verb

Use (or misuse) of Double Negatives

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Feb 23, 2010 5:00:00 AM

Most (dare we say ALL?) readers will realize that the following double negative is grammatically incorrect: "They don't have no skis." However, even many literate writers might miss the double negative in the next sentence:

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Topics: double negatives, double negative, singular verb

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