When using certain noun phrases (some of, a lot of, both, either, neither, etc.) as subjects, be aware of subject-verb agreement.
See the examples below.
One of the boys is sick.
Three of the men were alone.
Several of the apples are rotten.
Many of the people are students.
Both Tom and Jerry are here.
Either Pat or Jake is coming.
Neither dogs nor cats are allowed in the office.
Either Mrs. Smith or her kids were at the party.
Neither Jim’s parents nor his sister was at the party.
Group nouns can be plural or singular depending on the context.
The team is scheduled to play next Friday. (as a unit)
The team are negotiating for pay raises. (as individual members)
The management does not allow smoking inside the building.
The staff is/are giving the boss a “going-away party.”
The herd is/are running in different directions.
Subject-Verb Agreement (from The Internet TESL Journal)
Grammar: Singular vs. Plural
Grammar: Count/Non-Count Nouns
The Subject (from Grammar Bytes)
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