Parenthetical Statements

Parenthetical Statements


 

Statements in parentheses ( ) can be ignored when it comes to Subject-Verb agreement.

  • My husband (the doctor) works at Community Hospital.
  • My best friend (the one in the green shirt) wants to meet you.

Sometimes commas are used in place of parentheses:

  • His brother, John, lives in Sacramento.
  • My sister, who works in Miami, is visiting me this week.
  • Mr. Johnson, however, was not amused.
  • The teacher, along with her students, is coming to the party.

Prepositional phrases usually have no effect on Subject-Verb agreement.

  • The men in the car were shouting wildly.
  • The men in the cars were shouting wildly.
  • The books on the shelf next to the window are mine.


However, in some quantifying expressions, prepositional phrases do make a difference.

  • A lot of people are traveling to Belize these days.
  • A lot of milk was left in the refrigerator last night.
  • Some of the apples were rotten.
  • Some of the wine is too old.
  • None of the water is safe to drink.
  • Relative clauses can have an effect, depending on the meaning.
  • Mary is the one who takes care of applications.
  • Mary is one of the people who take care of applications.
  • One of the men who live there is deranged.

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