7. Compound subjects connected by “and”
(a) Verb is mostly plural for compound subjects connected by “and”.
Ø Mary and I know exactly what is ahead of us.
Ø Mary and I each chip in some money to fix the house.
(i) When the adjective “each” follows a plural subject, the verb agrees with the subject.
For example: We each have our own rooms. The playgrounds each have basketball courts.
(ii) When “each” is used as a pronoun, it always takes a singular verb.
For example: Each of the students is required to turn in the sign up sheet for after school program
(b) Exceptions occur when the parts of the subject are combined to form a single item.
Ø Bread and butter is my favorite.
Ø Rock and Roll is still one of the most popular music listened by many.
Ø My neighbor and counselor is also my best friend. (My neighbor is my counselor)
8. Either .. or / Neither … nor / Not only … but also
With either … or, neither … nor, and not only...but also, the verb generally agrees with the nearest noun.
Ø Neither Jerry nor Nancy cooperates with me.
Ø Neither the parents nor the teachers back down on their requests.
Ø Neither the boy nor his parents are here.
Ø Neither the parents nor the boy comes to the graduation party.
Ø Is neither your brother nor your parents coming to the United State ?
Ø Are neither your parents nor your brother coming to the United States ?
Ø Either you or I am to blame.
Ø Are either your parents or your brother coming to the United States ?
Ø Is either your brother or your parents coming to the United States ?
Ø Not only Mary but also John wants to study in Paris .
Ø Not only Mary but also her classmates want a graduation party.
Ø Tom or his brothers are taking a trip to Africa .
9. in addition to / along with / as well as
The phrase introduced by "in addition to," "along with," or "as well as," modifies the earlier word.
Ø Mary, along with her sisters, decides to take a trip to Hawaii this coming summer.
Ø My parents, as well as I, are looking for our summer vacation.
Ø The president, in addition to his cabinet, is proposing a tax cut.