The questions on the form _________ easy to answer
The questions on the form were easy to answer.
The verb must agree with its subject, no matter what words come between the two. In this case "questions" is our subject so we need a plural verb. **tip: always underline the subject and the verb of the sentence.
Repairs to this photocopier __________ easy to make
Repairs to this photocopier are easy to make.
"Repairs" is the subject of the sentence, therefore we need to use the plural form "are" for our verb.
Eight hundred dollars ______ the usual price people pay for a computer.
Eight hundred dollars is the usual price people pay for a computer.
Sums of money and expressions that indicate a certain amount of something are singular. More examples: Five liters is enough. One hundred dollars is the price of a printer.
Nobody __________ the key to the supply cabinet.
Nobody has the key to the supply cabinet.
Words such as every, no, everybody, everyone, everything, nobody, and nothing are followed by singular verbs. More Examples: Everybody wants to use the new computer Nobody has asked for more pens.
Smith Office Supplies _____________ paper and envelopes at very low prices.
Smith Office Supplies sells paper and envelopes at very low prices.
Some words look like plural subjects, but grammatically are singular. This occurs often with the names of countries or companies. More Examples: Acme Computers has many customers in this city. The United States is one of the world’s leading powers.
The paper in these drawers ________ for everybody to use.
The paper in these drawers is for everybody to use.
"Paper" is the subject of this sentence, so we need to use the singular form "is" as our verb.
The lists on my desk ______________ all the supplies that i ordered.
The lists on my desk show all the supplies that i ordered.
"Lists" is the subject of our sentence so we need the plural form "show" for our verb.
Everybody __________ their supplies on Friday.
Everybody requests their supplies on Friday.
Remember that words like "everybody," "everyone," "nobody," and "no one" all take the singular form.