Most concepts of subject-verb concordance are simple, but exceptions to the rules can make things more complicated. 14. Indeterminate pronouns generally accept singular verbs (with a few exceptions). 7. However, if they are bound by “and”, they take the plural form. If two or more plural subjects are connected by “and”, the verb is plural. In these constructions (called expansionist constructions), the subject follows the verb, but always determines the number of the verb. RULE5: Topics related by “and” are plural. Topics related by “or” or “Nor” accept a verb that corresponds to the last topic. For example, Bob and George leave. Neither Bob nor George leave.
Rule 9. In collective nouns such as group, jury, family, audience, population, the verb can be singular or plural, depending on the intention of the author. 19.