Note: In this example, the subject of the sentence is the pair; That is why the verb must correspond to this. (Because scissors are the subject of the preposition, scissors do not affect the number of verbs.) If the subject follows the verb (especially in sentences beginning with the expeletives “there are” or “there are some”), special care is required to determine the subject and ensure that the verb corresponds to it. These compliance rules do not apply to verbs used in the simple past without help. 7. Nouns such as civics, mathematics, dollars, measles and short stories require singular verbs. Be aware that phrases like “in addition,” “as well as,” and “with” do not mean the same as “and.” When inserted between the subject and the verb, these sentences do not change the subject number. In informal writings, none, and both sometimes take on a plural veneer, when these pronouns are followed by a prepositional sentence that begins with. This is especially true for constructions that ask questions: “Did you read the two clowns on the order?” “Do you both take this seriously?” Burchfield calls this “a conflict between fictitious agreement and real agreement.” * Rule 4. Usually use a plural bural with two or more subjects when connected by and there. Some indefinite pronouns like all, some are singular or plural, depending on what they relate to. (Is the thing we are referring to accounting or not?) Be careful in choosing a verb that accompanies such pronouns.