Instead, the subject comes in this kind of sentence after the verb, so you have to look for it for the verb. It will be especially difficult to find something for all tastes when the next topic is me and the verb. For example, with modified examples of this question: in the first example, one expresses a wish, not a fact; This is why the were, which we usually consider a plural verblage, is used with the singular. (Technically, this is the singular subject of the game of objects in the subjunctive atmosphere: it was Friday.) Normally, his upbringing would seem terrible to us. However, in the second example of expressing a question, the conjunctive atmosphere is correct. Note: The subjunctive mind loses ground in spoken English, but should still be used in formal speech and writing. Two singular nouns or pronouns, separated by either. Or not. Don`t take a singular verb. Over the past few years, the SAT test service has not judged any of you to be strictly singular. According to merriam-Webster`s Dictionary of English Usage: „Obviously, since English, no singular and plural is and remains. The idea that it is only singular is a myth of unknown origin that seems to have emerged in the nineteenth century. If it appears to you as a singular in the context, use a singular; If it appears as a plural, use a plural.
Both are acceptable beyond serious criticism. If none of them clearly means „not one,” a singular verb follows. I should agree with the above commenter (@JohnLawler); There is no rule that satisfies everyone. On the other hand, you could easily rewrite your sentence to make your point of view. In the example below, I changed the „radio batteries” into a single element, as it fits the series better (and avoids faulty parallelism). I also added a sentence: there are a few occasions when we should use singular verbs. Expressions like anyone, one of each, everyone, everyone and no one needs to follow a singular verb. This composite subject therefore requires a singular verb to agree. One point to remember is that American English almost always treats collective nouns as a singular, so a singular verb is used with it. Although each part of the compound subject is singular (ranger and camper), together (bound by and), each part becomes a plural structure and must therefore accept a plural abbreviation (see) to match the sentence. That is why there are three rules of compliance of important topics that should be remembered when a group member is used as a subject: this phrase refers to the individual efforts of each crew member. . .