Subject/Verb

serpentThe other evening, I read this sentence in a novel:

Beyond the window was the river, the trees, the sky.

A basic rule of grammar is that a singular subject takes a singular verb, and a plural subject takes a plural verb. Since the subject of this sentence is plural (the river, the trees, the sky), it needs a plural verb. It should read like this:

Beyond the window were the river, the trees, the sky.

There are exceptions to every rule, and many exceptions to this rule. But I don’t believe that any exceptions apply in this case.

Comments?

Cheers,

Tara Treasurefield

Treasurefield Communications

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