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Neither the Thompson twins nor their stepfather _______ been seen for nearly four days.

The football team and the cheerleading squad _______ going to go to the championship game together.

The teacher_______ going to conduct an experiment in the lab.

Bill told his teacher and classmates that peanut butter and jelly ______ his favorite sandwich.

__________ got into a heated argument in the middle of the meeting.

Choose the best answer to fill in the blank.

Mr. Smith, _______ several of his senior staff, is going to the conference in Las Vegas.

The admissions officer concluded that neither Tracy nor ______ is eligible for the scholarship.

When asked whether the reports in the media were true, both the press secretary and his deputy _____ evasive with the answer.

Cheese and wine _____ a great combination to serve either as appetizer or after the main meal.

The attending doctor in the emergency room on the night of the accident and the triage nurse who worked the same shift _______ equally responsible for the young man's death due to negligence.


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152 Comments on “English Grammar: Compound Subjects & Verb Agreement”


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Adam, together with other Engvid instructors, is helping us a great deal.

Wednesday, June 27th 2018

I want quiz marks

Wednesday, June 27th 2018

    Hi Anu,

    When you finish the quiz the results appear.

    Saturday, July 21st 2018

thank you

Wednesday, June 27th 2018

08/10. Appreciate your efforts! Thank you so much.

Wednesday, June 27th 2018

07/10 not so bad, as not so good =/ Adam, thanks for the lesson!

Wednesday, June 27th 2018

Thank you Adam. What’s does it mean ” Heather’s mother in law and Dad are spending time together” ? Heather’s mother ?
Have a good day.

Wednesday, June 27th 2018

    Hi
    We use ( ‘s) in English to show that someone is theowner of something .
    Mary’s car
    John’s room
    I hope it helps.

    Wednesday, June 27th 2018

    Or : The teacher’s son,
    My father’s sister

    Wednesday, June 27th 2018

    Hi Beernaard,

    Heather’s mother-in-law is heather’s husband’s mother. It sounds like her mother-in-law is divorced or widowed and heather’s dad is the same so the two are spending time together.

    Does this help?

    Saturday, July 21st 2018

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Wednesday, June 27th 2018

I got 90%.
Thanks, Adam.

Wednesday, June 27th 2018

thank you adam

Wednesday, June 27th 2018

I got 80% so I need to improve my English.
Thanks, Adam.

Wednesday, June 27th 2018

Hi, Adem! Wow, it’s really interesting and useful for me! Thanks a lot)))

Wednesday, June 27th 2018

What if I want to build a sentence with two or more subjects which are both present participles? For example: “Approaching the problem (of sth) from this and that perspective, and focusing also on how multidimensional (whatever) it is, seem/seems to be of the greatest importance here.” (I know it’s not the most… vivid example, perhaps, but I hope you know what I am driving at anyway.) Personally, I’d use “seems” as the second subject (or clause, maybe) is a bit digressive – it just adds extra information. Also, it is separated with commas. Would the sentence be correct then? Which subject should I use if there were no commas in the sentence?

Wednesday, June 27th 2018

    Hi Ernest,

    Here’s one example:
    Approaching the problem of energy from the perspective of sustainability, while keeping in mind economic considerations as they apply to the consumer, seems to be of the greatest importance. here.

    In this case I use an adverb clause separated by commas and therefore only one subject (approaching).

    Approaching the problem of energy from the perspective of sustainability and applying the findings of leading researchers seem to be of the greatest importance. here.

    In this case you have two distinct subjects (and plural verb) with no commas.

    Does this help?

    Saturday, July 21st 2018

      Just as I thought… But yes, this does help. Thank you, Adam.

      Sunday, July 22nd 2018

Many many thanks! So useful !

Wednesday, June 27th 2018

10\10 Thank you for share this lesson

Wednesday, June 27th 2018

Thank you Adam… you are amazing, I`m learning a lot with you (straight from Brazil)!!!

Wednesday, June 27th 2018

Thx teacher, it is helpful for me!

Wednesday, June 27th 2018

7/10 not good and not bad :-)

Wednesday, June 27th 2018

Thank you, got 80/100.

Wednesday, June 27th 2018

thank you

Wednesday, June 27th 2018

Difficult but a clear explanation. I got 6/10 :(

Thank you

Wednesday, June 27th 2018

Practice will make perfect

Thursday, June 28th 2018

You got 8 correct out of 10.
:)

Thursday, June 28th 2018

Thank you Adam for this interesting but a little bit difficult lesson.

In your video; from minute 7:35
So, it is in german too, I think in other languages as well:
I can remenber as a student; the teacher told us: “… Be polite, the “I” always in second or last place!!!”

There is a german idiom about the “I” in first place.
Literal translation: “The donkey calls itself first” :-))

Thursday, June 28th 2018

    :). Interesting perspective Ralph.

    Saturday, July 21st 2018

WOW. I’m so happy, thank you very much. You teach very clear that I really appreciate it.

Thursday, June 28th 2018

Thank you Adam

Thursday, June 28th 2018

thanks

Thursday, June 28th 2018

Thanks Adam. I really like your teaching style. Please correct my writing.

Thursday, June 28th 2018

    Nothing to fix here Iranjahansouz :)

    Saturday, July 21st 2018

Why in question No.8 “were” is correct?? “his deputy” is not plural?!!!!

Friday, June 29th 2018

    Hi
    The sentence has two subjects, there is ( and) between them. The best

    Friday, June 29th 2018

    Hi Mahtabi,

    Soei is correct. Also, as soon as you see “both” look for two parts ;)

    Saturday, July 21st 2018

Thank you teacher!!!

Friday, June 29th 2018

Thank you

Friday, June 29th 2018

thank you

Saturday, June 30th 2018

Thanks @adam
Could you please explain differences between
under , beneath , below , underneath
Thank you

Saturday, June 30th 2018

thank you

Sunday, July 1st 2018

All the students of EngVid.com really appreciate all your grammar lesson Mr. Adam.
Thanks a lot!!

Sunday, July 1st 2018

Thanks Mr.Adam.

Sunday, July 1st 2018

Hi guys, I liked this video and I have to thank our teacher Adam. Is there any WhatsApp group for the students on this platform?

Monday, July 2nd 2018

    You can create one Shiine ;)

    Saturday, July 21st 2018

Helpful ,very pleased myself.thanks

Monday, July 2nd 2018

Hi Adam
u said because spagetti and meatballs are in the same category we must use “is” when we use “and” between them.
I’m wondering why we can’t use “is” in ur second example between “doctors” and “nurses” which are in the same category/group too…

Monday, July 2nd 2018

    It’s because spaghetti and meatballs is just ONE type of a dish: spaghetti (pasta) plus meat(balls) equals the dish. These are the most important ingredients of it, but we speak of them to refer to the dish as a WHOLE. And the whole is singular. As for doctors and nurses, these are in turn TWO different professional groups, and thus they have to be plural. They do not belong to the same category. It’s like BOTH doctors and nurses are off this week.

    Thursday, July 5th 2018

    Hi Haman87,

    Ernest gave a good answer, but I’ll just add that doctors are in the same sector (healthcare), but are two distinct occupations. Though you will often hear the two mentioned together, they are not one unit.

    Saturday, July 21st 2018

Hi Adam
i am having a presentation it has to be 10 minutes and i don’t have topic so any ideas please

Tuesday, July 3rd 2018

    Hi Mahmoud,

    just open Google home page and you will see hundreds of topic ideas :)

    What is the presentation for?

    Saturday, July 21st 2018

Hi Adams,
I need a lot of help in English. This is my week subject. I have struggled through school and life with my English. Please help me. I need this course to help me pass my PRAXIS II Test.
Thanks, Della

Tuesday, July 3rd 2018

    Hi Della,

    There are lots of good videos on this site. Hopefully they can help you.

    I’m afraid I am not familiar with the Praxis II.

    Saturday, July 21st 2018

Thak you…☺

Wednesday, July 4th 2018

Thank you pro 😆

Wednesday, July 4th 2018

I really enjoyed your lesson

Thursday, July 5th 2018

Love your lessons. Interesting

Thursday, July 5th 2018

8/10, Thanks.

Friday, July 6th 2018

Hi Adam. I am very grateful I came across with this website. I am poor in english especially in grammar and this site would be of great help for me. God bless you always and the whole team.

Friday, July 6th 2018

    Welcome Rolfaniw :)

    Saturday, July 21st 2018

Hi I’m new here. Could someone add me in a Group of English Speaker. I wanna practice you know. And this lesson was fantastic. Thank you

Friday, July 6th 2018

    Welcome Gabriel025 :)

    Saturday, July 21st 2018

Very good program

Saturday, July 7th 2018

Yeep!I got 10 out of 10 but I am still confused where to use is or are like in the last example give by sir Adam -loosing and winning… one.

Saturday, July 7th 2018

    Hi Alsion,

    If there are two distinct subjects, use are. If the two items make up one subject, use is.
    Is this what you meant?

    Saturday, July 21st 2018

      Ay thanks..

      Saturday, July 21st 2018

I didn’t know myself to make so many mistakes in this subject… until you came along to illuminate us with your glow! Thank you Adam! As always your help is much appreciated!

Saturday, July 7th 2018

I need to retry the test

Saturday, July 7th 2018

Dear Adam, thank you very much for your lessons here! You are so professional, teacher!
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Sunday, July 8th 2018

THANK YOU..

Sunday, July 8th 2018

Thank you 🙏🏻 for the class! Me, myself and I is going to speak better after the class! 😊

Monday, July 9th 2018

Thank you so much!

Monday, July 9th 2018

Hi Adam, you’re really good teaching grammar. By the way, In spanish, we don’t put the first person pronoun first either, it’s considered a bit impolite. And one take a risk that somebody tell: the donkey ahead :-).

Monday, July 9th 2018

    Apparently it’s the same in German. Thanks Jorge :)

    Saturday, July 21st 2018

I got 10 .awesome! !

Monday, July 9th 2018

Hi, Adam. In the sentence number 7, I answered “me” instead of saying “I”. Why am I wrong?. Should have the answer been the same as the number five answer?.

Tuesday, July 10th 2018

    Hi Cart,

    in #7 me doesn’t work because it is an object pronoun and you need a subject pronoun for the verb ‘is’. She is the only singular subject.

    Saturday, July 21st 2018

That is what i got. it appears to me is very low. so how can I improve my level?.
I am happy to receive any comments.
Thanks for all

Wednesday, July 11th 2018

    It’s all about practice Almushity :)

    Saturday, July 21st 2018

I got 50% out of 100%

Wednesday, July 11th 2018

Awww thank you so much Adam

Thursday, July 12th 2018

I got 70%

Thursday, July 12th 2018

Thank you.

Friday, July 13th 2018

Thank you, it’s useful quiz.

Friday, July 13th 2018

Very helpful, thank you.

Monday, July 16th 2018

hope we could have a phone conversation one of these days to help me develop more my english competency.

Monday, July 16th 2018

These are great tips, teacher! Thank you!

Wednesday, July 18th 2018

thank you

Wednesday, July 18th 2018

10 out of 10. awesome. thanks a bunch adam. greets.

Wednesday, July 18th 2018

Thanks a lot

Friday, July 20th 2018

Thank you! I got 6/10 so I’m gonna see the video a couple times!

Friday, July 20th 2018

Thanks everyone :)

Saturday, July 21st 2018

okay. i got 80. it’s really useful tool for testing ability after watching this video. I really appreciate for your sharing. Good Job, sire.

Sunday, July 22nd 2018

Thanks.

Sunday, July 22nd 2018

Thank you so much:)

Sunday, July 22nd 2018

thank you for your hard work and I would like to contact you directly with e-mail if possible, thank you.

Monday, July 23rd 2018

Dear Adam!
Very informative and important lesson. Thanks for helping us by video interaction.
Please check the following if there is any mistake.

1. Shifa, you and I are going to the party.
2. She and I are brilliant students of the class.
3. My manager along with his all stakeholders is planning a get together on the eve of new year.
4. Honey together with caramel is a great delight after lunch.
5. Neither She nor I am about to leave.
6. Either Honey or Wasi is going to the party.
7. Neither Sheera Nor her sisters want to be the part of that company.
8. Either Hira or her maids have to do the dishes.
9. The gardener and his son are off this month.
10. The plumber as well as electricians is off this weekend.

Regards,
Ashifa

Monday, July 23rd 2018

Hello Adam I have some doubts. Can you please clarify.This is not related to this video but still.
As words are divided into different classes according to the work they do in sentence,we cannot say to which part a word belongs unless we see the sentence.Please explain how and with examples.

Monday, July 23rd 2018

    I meant why….

    Monday, July 23rd 2018

      I’m not really sure what you want me to give examples of… words that don’t work in a sentence?

      Thursday, August 23rd 2018

        No I actually mean that by just looking at a particular word can we say that it belongs to a particular part of speech or is the whole sentence should be defined, referred to to say about parts of speech?

        Thursday, August 23rd 2018

Can you help me understand better this question from your quiz: (The admissions officer concluded that neither Tracy nor ______ is eligible for the scholarship.) ?

answer choices : we, she, me (and) I
now I figured it is the word she that belongs there. I have not submitted my test yet. But, its important to understand why I could or couldn’t be the word (me) there too. they both hold the same purpose: writer identifying that person as (not eligible for a scholarship)?

Wednesday, July 25th 2018

    Hi Kathryn,

    Me is an object pronoun. You need a subject pronoun in this case, for the verb ‘is’. She is a subject pronoun that is also singular.
    (I isn’t one of the choices).

    Does this help?

    Thursday, August 23rd 2018

Hey Adam if you don,t mind will you please tell us about the tenses I mean where we should use the 1st,2nd and 3rd form please tell us about this. please

Wednesday, July 25th 2018

    Hi Muhammad,

    If you’re refering to the verbs, it’s base or simple present, past, and participle to use in perfect tenses:

    I am here.
    I was thee.
    I have been other places.

    Is this what you mean?

    Thursday, August 23rd 2018

thank you for lesson Adam. I learnt very important things thanks to you. 8\10 not so good but I thing good :)))

Thursday, July 26th 2018

I love this…. there’s a “hint” …:-)

Thursday, July 26th 2018

Hi Adam,
I enjoy watching your classes. I watch them several times. In the quiz, I have a confusion regarding Q3.(The teacher_______ going to conduct an experiment in the lab). Why the second option is correct? It says-“, together with his students, is”. I thought here the verb should be are as the students is pleural.

Thursday, July 26th 2018

    Hi Lubabashahrin,

    Because it is separated with the commas (,), it is not part of the subject. In that case, only the teacher is the subject so the verb is ‘is’.

    Does this help?

    Thursday, August 23rd 2018

Yours and this web site courses are better to learn for whole life.

Thursday, July 26th 2018

Hi Adam the quiz of the number 2 i feel confused. so would u mind to teach me ?

Sunday, July 29th 2018

    Hi Liyizhong,

    There are two groups in the subject (team and squad (squad is a synonym for team), so the subject is plural as it has two items, so they are going…

    Does this help?

    Thursday, August 23rd 2018

Thanks a lot, very important for us

Tuesday, August 7th 2018

Adams, thanks for your job!

Wednesday, August 8th 2018

Hey Adam, Q7. Could be “Me” interchangeable with “I” in that case? Thanks dude, your topics are superb!!

Wednesday, August 8th 2018

    Hi Bons,

    No, because nor joins two parts in the subject, and so you need a subject pronoun. Me is an object pronoun.

    Hope this helps.

    Thursday, August 23rd 2018

Q5 I mean. Because I thought My managger and me would also be a correct answear.

Wednesday, August 8th 2018

    Same answer :) If the pronoun works with the main verb, then it’s a subject.

    Thursday, August 23rd 2018

Thanks Adam; I got 80 Percent. Need to improve.

Friday, August 10th 2018

When you are saying about bad things, we should use, for example, I and The manager got into a heated argument in the middle of the meetings. In this sentence, argument is bad expression. So, it is better use I and the manager instead of the manager and I

Monday, August 13th 2018

    Hi Sham,

    In terms of the language, argument is not a good or bad expression. It’s just a situation. This doesn’t affect the order or the compound subject.

    Hope this helps.

    Thursday, August 23rd 2018

very helpful.Thank you Adam!

Monday, August 13th 2018

Hi, Adam thank you for the lesson, I’m looking forward to initiating a strictly follow up. And please don’t hesitate to correct me not even in this comment.

Tuesday, August 21st 2018

Many Thanks, Adam. 90%. The 3rd question got me.

Tuesday, August 21st 2018

Thanks alot Mr/Adam …. Please could you help me .. I did not anderstand this …Mr. Smith, _______ several of his senior staff, is going to the conference in Las Vegas.

and
nor
together
along with
Why its answer * along with * !!!!

Thursday, August 23rd 2018

My English is not as good as it used to be…
I made 2 mistakes, which means that your lesson was really useful!

Tuesday, August 28th 2018

Thank you

Wednesday, August 29th 2018

Thanks, Adam ! I was very helpful!

Saturday, September 1st 2018

Hi! Adam . I don’t understand 8. question. Please help me and can you explain more please

Monday, September 3rd 2018

Adam, can we say Mr. Smith, __together__ several of his senior staff, is going to the conference in Las Vegas. why we must say ‘along with’

Monday, September 3rd 2018

    Because you can’t say only together. You have to say together with. It is why correct the last unswer, I think.

    Tuesday, September 25th 2018

      thank you

      Tuesday, October 2nd 2018

got only 50%

Wednesday, September 12th 2018

dear adam how can I improve my English writing skills
Thanks

Monday, September 17th 2018

8/10 Thank you, Adam!

Sunday, September 23rd 2018

I’m correct 10/10. I’m so happy. It’s very exciting.

Tuesday, September 25th 2018

sir please explain question 3 and question 5.
I am totally cofused..

Tuesday, September 25th 2018

Thanks a lot dear sir.

Saturday, September 29th 2018

Thanks Mr. Adam for a good lesson!

Wednesday, October 17th 2018

Please advise which verb to use.
There was/were an amount of 200$ and some coins.

Wednesday, October 17th 2018

Thanks Adam for this lesson.Could you please make more quiz to practice?

Saturday, October 27th 2018

7/10 what a bad result for me. I need to improve more on this lesson. But thanks anyway Adam

Saturday, October 27th 2018

    it’s okay with time and practicing you will be good

    Saturday, October 27th 2018

hi,i’m new here
this vedio was very helpfull thanks mr.adam for your time and consideration

Saturday, October 27th 2018

hi,i’m new here
this vedio was very helpfull thanks mr.adam for your time and consideration

Sunday, October 28th 2018

why couldn’t submit my comment???

Sunday, October 28th 2018

    Welcome to engVid, huda mohmd! Sorry for the delay. New users’ comments have to be manually approved first. From now on, your comments should show up right away.

    Tuesday, October 30th 2018

got 9/10 .. Thanks you Adam

Thursday, November 1st 2018

7/10. Thanks Adam

Friday, November 16th 2018
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