Writing for Business

Nov 19 2009   12:32PM GMT

Subject – verb agreement (Part II)

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Which is correct?
The increasing proliferation of Internet-connected devices _____ that more people are choosing wireless technology for home networks.
a. means
b. mean

Answer: a

The subject here is proliferation, which is singular, so we need the singular verb form, means.

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