These words always take the plural form of the verb: these words are irregular plural nouns (nouns that are not made by the addition of -s) and they take the plural form of the verb: these subjects are also singular, although they speak of a group of people. During this English lesson, you will learn some more advanced cases of subject-verb concordance that baffl many learners. The subject-verb agreement is one of the first things you learn in English class: “Some students will not succeed.” “How do you react when someone compliments you?” There is a debate about the word “data”! Technically, the data is plural (the singular form is “date”). However, in everyday language, people often treat “data” as “information” – as countless nouns that adopt the singular form. Both forms are therefore correct: “The data is correct” and “The data is correct”. To learn more about the “data debate”, click here and here. Note: In British English, “family” and “team” are often plural. To talk about a single member of the police, we can say police officers or police officers – or the term gender-neutral police officer. “Half of the students come from another country.” “I don`t know if there`s anyone in the office right now.” “40% of people don`t support the new law.” “Many of the houses in this neighborhood don`t have a garage.” These words can be singular OR plural depending on what follows! “In general, men don`t like to buy clothes.” . . . .