When the nominative is a collective noun conveying the idea of plurality, the Verb must agree with it in the plural number.
The only nominative to the verb, is, the officer.
If the nominative be a pronoun which cannot be mistaken for an objective, the words may possibly change places; as, "Silver and gold have I none.
The nominative is that case which primely denotes the name of any person or thing;" (Burn's Gram.,
The original nominative was ye, which is still the only nominative of the solemn style; and the original objective was you, which is still the only objective that our grammarians in general acknowledge.
The nominative is the actor or subject, and the active verb is the action performed by the nominative.
9.--But when the remoter nominative is the principal word, and the nearer one is expressed parenthetically, the verb agrees literally with the former, and only by implication, with the latter; as, "One example, (or ten,) says nothing against it.
Not only may the nominative before the verb be followed by an objective, but the nominative after it may be preceded by a possessive; as, "Amos, the herdsman of Tekoa, was not a prophet's son.
For convenience, it may be well to state it as a rule, that--Passive verbs govern an objective, when the nominative to the passive verb is not the proper object of the active voice.