Applying Verb Agreement with Correlative Conjunctions
A correlative conjunction always travels in pairs, and joins statements that are equal.
The two children ate both pizza and hamburgers.
The correlative conjunction pair in the above sentence is “both/and” because it pulls together “pizza” and “hamburgers.” In this sentence, the pizza and the hamburgers are equal.
When you connect two subjects with a correlative conjunction, the second one has to agree with the verb that follows. The exception is when using “both/and,” the verb is always plural.
Either Tim or the basketball players call my house every night.
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The smallest number is the one that comes first while counting.
To arrange the given numbers in order from smallest to greatest, find the smallest number among all the given numbers.
21 is the smallest number.