He, not I, am or is …subject-verb agreement

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When two subjects are contrasted in a sentence, the verb agrees with the affirmative subject:

He, not I, am responsible for this terrible mess.        

He, not I, is responsible for this terrible mess.           

 

She, not you, always complain about the stench coming from the drains.  

She, not you, always complains about the stench coming from the drains. 

 

They, not he, was first to report on the scandal.                   

They, not he, were first to report on the scandal.                  

 

I, not he, has suffered the most since mother’s death.         

I, not he, have suffered the most since mother’s death.      

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