Very often the verb is separated from its real nominative
or subject by several intervening words and in such cases one is liable to make
the verb agree with the subject nearest to it. Here are a few examples showing
that the leading writers now and then take a tumble into this pitfall:
"The partition which the two ministers made of the
powers of government were singularly happy."—Macaulay.
(Should be was to agree with its subject,
"One at least of the qualities which fit it for
training ordinary men unfit it for training an extraordinary
(Should be unfits to agree with subject
"The Tibetans have engaged to exclude from their
country those dangerous influences whose appearance were the chief cause
of our action."—The Times.
(Should be was to agree with
"An immense amount of confusion and indifference
prevail in these days."—Telegraph.
(Should be prevails to agree with