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As a copy editor, one of the most common grammar mistakes I come across is subject-verb disagreement, particularly with the phrases “here” and “there.” These phrases can often lead writers to misidentify the subject of a sentence and choose the wrong verb tense.

The issue arises from the fact that “here” and “there” are adverbs, not nouns, so they don`t function as the subject of the sentence. Instead, they act as an introductory phrase to the sentence, indicating where the action is taking place. The subject of the sentence comes after the verb, not before it, and is often preceded by a preposition such as “of” or “in.”

For example, consider the sentence “Here is the book.” The verb “is” agrees with “here,” which is singular. However, if we change the sentence to “Here are the books,” the verb “are” now agrees with the plural subject “books.”

Similarly, in the sentence “There is a problem,” “is” agrees with the singular subject “problem.” But in “There are several issues,” “are” agrees with the plural subject “issues.”

It`s essential to pay attention to the subject of the sentence and choose the correct verb tense. Otherwise, it can make the text confusing to read and harm its credibility. In addition, subject-verb disagreements can contribute to lower search engine rankings, as search engines consider grammar and readability when ranking content.

Finally, it`s essential to note that subject-verb disagreement can arise in other circumstances as well, not just with “here” and “there.” Always double-check the subject of the sentence and ensure that the verb tense agrees with it correctly. By paying attention to these details, you`ll produce high-quality, error-free content that is easy to understand and ranked well on search engines.