Subject Verb Agreement With Neither Nor
See also this SAT resource for the agreement between the topic and the add-in. It contains some of the same examples. (These examples are circulating, aren`t they?) Let and neither are pronouns. But they can also be conjunctions (correlatives), adjectives, determinants and even adverbians. If one of the two words is used as a pronoun and as the subject of a sentence or clause – and this is the only subject – it takes a singular verb. If one of the words is used to change the subject of a sentence, a singular verb is required. On this condition, the verb is singular or plural based on the subject that comes closest to the verb. If the subject closest to the verb is singular, use a singular verb. If the nearest topic is plural, use plural text.
Rule 2. Two singular subjects, which are connected by or by or, or, or, or not, neither/nor connected, require a singular verb. Grammar Girl has not been very helpful with these sentences of the complementary subject agreement. What would be your choice, Beth, and why? 1) „You have visited the shrines of the other“ – I like the feel and sound of the plural here, even if the singular is obviously not wrong. But I can`t imagine that many readers would have problems with the plural. Such a formulation is quite common – perhaps idiomatic. Examples: the politician is expected shortly with the news anchors. Excitement and nervousness are at the origin of their tremors. Rule 5a.
Sometimes the subject is separated from the verb by words like with, as well as, next to it, not, etc. These words and phrases are not part of the topic. Ignore them and use a singular if the subject is singular. The ones that sound really wrong are the examples with the preposition (your daughters, yours) depending on either or neither. But both, and none, are always singularly, even if a prepositional sentence that contains a plural object. Very useful, but I can refer you to Fowler`s Modern English Usage (13th edn), p. . .