January 12th, 2009

Swotty

Answer: Subject-Verb Agreement with Partitive Nouns

Subject-Verb Agreement with Partitive Nouns

rykaine asks: How do you conjugate the verb for a subject that has a prepositional phrase including a plural noun?

With examples from Tin Man.

Partitive nouns are nouns that refer to one part or subset of a greater whole, but are set apart from the whole in some way. They hold hands with the nouns referring to the whole by way of partitive prepositions such as "of", like so:

Some of the apples
Half of my sandwich

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