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Sentence Correction: Subject Verb Agreement Questions - Overview

What is the subject of the following sentence?

There are three people in the room.

You're right!

While it is true that in 95% of the cases, the subject comes BEFORE the verb, there are cases in which the order is reversed and the subject comes AFTER the verb. This is one of these rare cases. How can we identify the subject in these cases? We know that the subject and the verb must agree in number. The verb are is plural. Therefore, the subject must also be plural.

Incorrect. It is true that this sentence is among the 5% in which the subject comes AFTER the verb and not before it, and kudos for identifying the sentence as such a case.

How can we identify the subject in these cases? We know that the subject and the verb must agree in number. Let's use this rule to check whether the room is really the subject of this sentence. The room is singular, but the verb are is plural. Therefore, the room is not the subject.

In 5% of the cases, the subject does not appear BEFORE the verb, but rather appears AFTER the verb. This is one of these rare cases. How can we identify the subject in these cases? We know that the subject and the verb must agree in number. The verb are is plural. Therefore, the subject must also be plural. There is only one plural noun in the sentence, so it must be the subject.

There
three people
the room

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