In the previous post, we have learned seven rules of the subject-verb agreement. We now continue with the 8th rule.
Rule 8: Modifiers between the subject and the verb does not affect the number of the subject.
Jason, who is a father of four, is currently suffering liver cancer.
In this sentence, the phrase “who is a father of four” is a modifier of Jason. It does not affect Jason as a subject and therefore takes a singular verb ‘is.’
Rule 9: Some nouns (collective nouns) can be used as singular or plural depending on the context and usage. Continue Reading