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Children is part of the prepositional phrase (of the children), and subjects are never found in prepositional phrases. So, the subject is singular, and the verb must be singular (is, not are) to agree with one. Luke and Pedro are on the baseball team. In this sentence, the subject is Luke and Pedro. The subject is plural, so the verb (are) must be plural, as well. Here are some examples of incorrect and correct subject-verb agreement: Incorrect: Saundra always do well on exams. (singular subject (Saundra), plural verb (do)) Correct: Saundra always does well on exams.
4. Toby is working toward ____ MBA. 5. I start every day with ____ apple. 6. She received ____ yellow rose at the ceremony. 7. A spider is ____ arachnid. 8. The lifeguard used ____ life ring to save the child. t h e g o o f - p ro o f r u l e s — w o rd u s a g e THE GOOF-UP RULE #2: Using Accept and Except GOOF-PROOF! Accept means to take or receive willingly. Except means to exclude. I accept the challenge. Everyone was at the party except Jeannie. She accepted my apology. I ate all of the candy except for the chocolate bars.
There are no exceptions / acceptions to the rules. 8. We enjoyed the film, except / accept for the mushy love scenes. t h e g o o f - p ro o f r u l e s — w o rd u s a g e THE GOOF-UP RULE #3: Using Affect and Effect GOOF-PROOF! Think of the two words this way: affect is an action; effect is a result. As a verb, affect means to have an emotional impact on, to influence, to imitate, to inspire. As an adjective, it means imitated, pretended. Contrast these meanings to those of effect. As a noun, effect means consequence, result.
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