Subject-verb agreement

In English, a third-person singluar subject requires a verb form with an -s (in the present tense). Errors of agreement (also known as concord) sound particularly bad to native speakers.

No: Poverty affect us all in one way or another.

Yes: Poverty affects us all in one way or another.

No: In what ways are racism reproduced through language?

Yes: In what ways is racism reproduced through language?

By the same token, do not put an -s on a verb when the subject is not third-person singular.

No: The environment and people around us affects us more than we might think.

Yes: The environment and the people around us affect us more than we might think.

No: Many people thinks this is simple.

Yes: Many people think this is simple.

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