11 Other memories Nouns that end in « s » but are actually just an object take on plural verbs.B. Pants, pliers, and scissors Remember to carefully look for topics separated from the verb by words or phrases. DxO John, along with his two friends, work in the pizzeria. 10 reminders Remember that your topic will NEVER be « there », so pay attention to unusual wording in your sentences. DxO There are papers on the desk. DxO A spider hangs on the wall. Keep in mind that nouns like mumps, measles, news, math, and economics take singular verbs. 4 Composite topics When subjects are related by « or », « neither », « not only/but also », etc., use the subject that comes closest to the verb to determine whether the verb should be singular or plural ex. Neither the boys nor their sister do the laundry. DxO Neither the girl nor her brothers do the laundry.