Wanna be editors! Here's a li'l fun for you―"or" not.
Despite what we've been taught about subject-verb agreement―the verb always agrees with the subject―it's often not so simple, especially if "or" is involved.
"Or" can connect two subjects in a sentence: in this case "plums" and "apple." We might think, "Oh, that's simple. More than one subject means 'plural,' so the verb must be plural, too."
We were taught in school to use "a" before words that start with a consonant and "an" before words that start with vowels. Yet, I don't recall anyone ever telling me which article to use before an acronym ― and not just any acronym, but specifically those that start with A, E, I, O, U, F, H, L, M, R, S, and X and for which each letter is pronounced separately.
Meet the Editor
I'm Coreen, and I am a copy editor, writer, instructor, digital marketer, and student of PR and Communications for organizations doing positive work in the world.