News, sleeves, politics, incantations, physics, economics, ethics, mathematics, mumps, measles, rickets, shingles, billiards, athletics are specific nouns that are plural, but singularly important. You accept a singular verb. Note: if the plural noun is used according to cardinal adjectives (one, two, three, four, etc.) and if the plural denotes a certain quantity, weight, size or particular point, the cingulate verb is used. (For more examples, see Examples of Subject-Verb Agreements.) If the subject is joined by « as well as », « with », « with », « and not », « in addition », « but », « next door », « except », « rather than » « accompanied » « by », how », « unlike », « nothing less than », « nothing else », the verb is in agreement with the first subject. If two subjects are related by « and », the plural abraquement is used. If a subject and the verb are connected by a relative pronoun, the verb used corresponds to the precursor of the relative pronoun. Some nouns are plural in form, but singular in sense. . . .