Refresher on subject-verb agreement (On titles of books, compositions, names of countries and establishments)

Choose the correct verb to complete the sentence.

  1. “Of Studies” written by Francis Bacon (was, were) published in the 17th century.
  2. “The Three Musketeers” of Alexander Dumas (has, have) not been read by many students of the present generation.
  3. The United States also (suffers, suffer) because of the setback brought about by C0VID-19.
  4. “Three Coins in the Fountain” (remains, remain) a popular song among senior citizens.
  5. Wales (is, are) part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
  6. Amando P. Custodio’s “Two Sides of the Coin” (was, were) a popular column of The Capiz Times in the nineties.
  7. It is said that Harrods of London (sells, sell) over 5000 brands of luxury items.
  8. The Philippines (is, are) known for its unique brand of hospitality.
  9. Robinsons Supermarket in Roxas City (provides, provides) a variety of affordable goods.
  10. “ Goldilocks and the Three Bears” (continues, continue) to heighten children’s interest in bedtime stories.


  1. was
  2. has
  3. suffers
  4. remains
  5. is
  6. was
  7. sells
  8. is
  9. provides
  10. continues
  • Use singular verbs for subjects plural in form but singular in sense in the following cases:
    a. Titles of books, stories (See sentences 1, 2, and 10).
    b. Titles of compositions, articles (See sentences 4 and 6).
    c. Names of countries (See sentences 3, 5, and 8)
    d. Names of establishments (See sentences 7 and 9).
  • Remember this rule: Use a singular verb for the title of a book, story, song, or any composition; the name of a country although it ends in “s” and the name of an establishment.*