He hates being in the hospital. (Third person individual theme – hate) Some names that describe groups of people may accept a singular or plural verb: The person and the number of the subject of the clause determine the person and the number of the verb of the clause. This is called the subject-word agreement or concord: the government does not encourage investment in industry. (or not encouraging the government…) The audience remained silent and waited. (or the audience remained silent…).