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Ask yourself these questions when checking nouns.
1. Does the sentence contain a subject?
All complete sentences contain a subject. Exception: the command form, in which the subject is understood. ( "Buy some tea.")
a. Various structures may be used for subjects.
The subject may consist of one or more nouns:
A producer makes the goods or provides services.
People or businesses can produce goods.
You find that there are lots of things in the world you want.
• Clause ( contains noun + verb)
The first Persian carpet I bought was very expensive.
Several different clause structures can be used for subjects.
Where we go depends on the job opportunities.
Whether I develop a personal budget or not doesn't matter.
"The fact that" structures (the fact is frequently omitted in these structures);
The fact that he pays his expenses regularly is a miracle.
That he pays his expenses regularly is a miracle.
• Gerund ( -ing forms) and Gerund phrase
Working became hard. Working ten years on the mine was enough.
• Infinitive and Infînitive phrase
To save is important. To save on optional expenses is the only way out.
2. Does the subject agree with the verb?
The subject (S) and the verb (V) must agree in person and number.
Entertainment, personal care, or college supplies are optional expenses for a student.
Note the following subject-verb agreement rules:
a. A prepositional phrase does not affect the verb.
All sources of money in the budget have been listed.
b. The following expressions do not affect the verb:
accompanied by along with among
in addition to together with as well as
Allowance and part-time jobs, along with interest on savings are money resources.
c. Subjects joined by "and" or " both...and..." take a plural verb.
Both rent payments and higher purchase instalments are fixed expenses.
d. When "several", "many", "both" and "few" are used as pronouns, they take a plural verb.
Several keep track of their actual incarne and expenses for a month.
e. When the following phrases are used, the verb agrees with the subject that is closer to the verb in the sentence: either ... or, neither ... nor, not only ... but also.
Neither rent nor transportation costs have been included into the list of spending.
f. The expression a number of( meaning "several") is plural.
The expression the number of is singular.
A number of items have been deducted from the paycheque.
The number of deducted items is small.
g. When a word indicating nationality refers to a language, it is singular. When it refers to people, itis plural.
Japanese was a difficult language for me to learn.
The Japanese are very inventive people.
h. When clauses, infinitives or gerunds are used as subjects, they usually take a singular verb.
What it takes is not worth money or effort.
Investing in capital resources is wise.
i. Some words are often confused by students as being plural. The following words must be followed by singular verbs and pronouns in formai written English.
any+singular nobody some+singular every each
anybody no one somebody everybody either*
anyone nothing someone everyone neither*
anything something everything
* either and neither are singular if they are not used with or and nor.
Everybodv who has not sorted an import license should apply for it. If either of voit takes a leave now, we will not be able to complete the survey.
3. Have "it" and "there" been used correctly?
We use there+be to say that something exists; we use it, the\+he to give more details.
a. Sometimes a speaker wants to focns on the type of information that is expressed by an adjective. Since an adjective cannot be used in a subject position, the word "it" is used as the subject:
It was late and nobody could use the lost money.
Sometimes a speaker wants to emphasize a noun and its relative clause. The speaker uses "it" in the subject position followed by the verb "be":
It is ту mother who makes the family budget.
b. Sometimes a speaker wants to say that something exists, or wants to mention the presence of something. The word "there" is used as the subject and agrees with the nearest noun or noun phrase.
__S__ _V_ ________N PHR_________
There are very high tariffs and duty on certain products.
"There" can be an adverb which tells where something is.(2)
"There" can also be used to fill the subject position.(1)
There(1) is ту preliminary desk research over there(2) on the shelf.
Write "R" (right) if the subject agrees with the verb, and "W(wrong) if it does not.
Choose the correct subject from the possible choices.
1. Even though 26% of Californian residents do not speak English in their homes, only_____do not speak English at ail.
(A) that 6% of them
(B) those of the 6% of them
(C) to the 6% of them
(D) 6% of them
2. _____are effective means of communication.
(A) Theatre, music, dance, and folk taies
(B) That theatre, music, dance, and folk taies
(C) То use theatre, music, dance, and folk taies
(D) Using theatre, music, dance, and folk taies
3. When China's dramatic economie reforms began to encourage private enterprise,_____began to set up a variety of businesses immediately.
(A) that entrepreneurs
(B) to be an entrepreneur
4. ____is a big waste of time and money for very little profit.
(A) The firm breaks into the new market
(B) Breaking into the new market
(C) Break is taken into the new market
(D) The new markets
5. In the city centre_____noisy market stalls set in narrow alleys.
(B) it is
(D) there are
6. In America,_____a growing demand for Indonesian food.
(A) there is
(B) it is (C)it (D) there
7. Nowadays people in most countries use money because ____ impossible to carry on trade in the modem world without it.
(C) there is
(D) it is
8. _____ unnecessary red tape and promote research were the main objectives of the committee.
(A) То stop
(B) That to stop
(C) The stop of
9. When we want to economise, _____that helps us to spend money more effectively.
(A) that the personal budget
(B) it is the personal budget
(C) the personal budget
(D) there is the personal budget
10. _____were produced because of the scarcity of resources.
(A) The number of goods
(B) A number of goods
(C) Number of
(D) Number of a good
11. _____ know next to nothing about the difference between fixed, flexible, and optional expenses.
(A) Both of
(B) Both Alex and you
(C) Both you
(D) Of you both
12. Either Sara or the Seddons______how much is spent on tuition.
(B) is knowing
(D) are knowing
Read the conversation below. In six of the lines there is one wrong word or word combination. Other lines, however, are correct.
• If a Une is correct, put a tick () in the space in the right-hand column.
• If there is a mistake in the line, use the correct word.
Single out the points of view about the way to develop a useful personal budget presented by:
Below are some flashes of conversation in which different students speak about their life at college. Tick () the correct words or word combi-nations.
Use the patterns in the role-play "MAKING A PERSONAL BUDGET"
I’m in my third year at college | the college a college on the computer course and I have already learnt how to programme computers using a BASIC an BASIC| BASIC .
Most of work| a work| the work is practical with a lot of time spent at the keyboard.
I’m looking forward to getting the my own| my own| my the own car soon. At present a taxi transport| the transport transports me between home and college and this is a bit expensive.
This is my second year at college. I am in a "sandwich" course involving |three years of theory| three years theory| three year of theory and a year spent in industry. I do part-time job| a part-time jobs| a part-time job at weekends - except when I have to play in a football match - working in a hotel. The means| These means| This means| that, with pocket money from my parents, I’ve usually got enough to do the things I want.
Most higher education students receive| student receive| student receives some financial support from LEAs (local education authorities) with the rest their money| rest of their money| the rest of their money made up through parental support or through the Student Loans Company set up by central government to provide subsidized loans for students.
Over 90 per cent of students on first degree receive| receives| a receive awards covering tuition fees and maintenance. Parents also contribute, the amount| the numberj a number depending on their income. In addition, students are eligible for an interest-free loan.
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