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Subject and Predicate Noun Differ in Number 

Subject and Predicate Noun Differ in Number

Stacy Christiansen

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date: 16 December 2018

The predicate noun is the complement of a subject; it identifies, describes, or renames the subject. When the subject and predicate noun differ in number, follow the number of the subject in selecting the singular or plural verb form. Avoid this by rephrasing: Study results were most affected by interhospital variations in severity of illness. |

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