Joe should not follow, was not, since Joe is unique? But Joe isn`t really there, so let`s say that wasn`t the case. The sentence shows the subjunctive mind used to express things that are hypothetical, desirable, imaginary or objectively contradictory. The connective subjunctive mind pairs individual subjects with what we usually consider plural verbs. A plumural is a word like scissors that is plural in construction, but which is singular in the sense, which here follows a false form of verb: when and do not appear with their best buds, and two things do not happen. First, either and the two become conjunctions (link the words). Then, the subject that is closer to the verb determines whether the verb is singular or plural when they combine two subjects. Yes, that`s right! This is a grammar problem that you can solve with a rule. Look at these examples: this English lesson will help you review the rules of the subject agreement and correct your English grammatical errors! The theme is “John and Mary,” but because it is not a matter of distinguishing John and Mary as individuals (contrary to what unites them as a duo), the verb is made assuming that the reference to John is as an individual and to Mary as an individual, so the correct form is “Neither John nor Mary was in school today.” (In other words, “John was not in school today, and Mary was not at school today.”) One of the most common grammatical errors that make English learners is related to the verb-subject agreement. And if you make the sentence in, make sure that your verb is always in tune with the subject, not with the name in the expression. Let`s learn to avoid other mistakes of agreement on the subject and the very common verbs that people do all the time.
But I hear you say, “What if your subject is me or you? These are singular subjects, but they do not use the singular verb. Now, modal verbs are like may, could, will, should, should, they`re then auxiliary verbs. They help the main verb in the sentence, but the rules of subject association differ in auxiliary modal verbs.