In these constructions (called expansionist constructions), the subject follows the verb, but always determines the number of the verb. 7. Nouns such as civics, mathematics, dollars, measles and short stories require singular verbs. Have you ever received ”subject/verb”, like an error on a paper? This handout will help you understand this common grammar problem. You may already know English verbs, but do you know how to apply the rules of the subject-verb agreement? 9. In sentences beginning with ”there exists” or ”there is”, the subject follows the verb. Since ”there” is not the subject, the verb corresponds to the following. Shouldn`t Joe be followed by what, not were, since Joe is singular? But Joe isn`t really there, so let`s say we weren`t there. .