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In English sentences, the form of the verb used must agree with the person (1st, 2nd, 3rd person) and the number of the sentence subject. The plural verb form must therefore be used if the subject noun is a plural noun or pronoun, while the 3rd person singular form must be used if the subject is a 3rd person singular noun or pronoun. Click here for a reminder about number, person & verb forms.

Here is an example:

In the sedimentation tank some grease rises to the surface as scum, which is scraped off.Some solid materials fall to the bottom as sludge, which is mechanically collected. 3rd person singular subject
3rd person singular form of verb
3rd person plural
3rd person plural form of verb

Here is another example:

The authors concluded that an expert's superior memory ability is limited to domain specific information. 3rd person plural
3rd person plural form of verb
3rd person singular subject
3rd person singular form of verb

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