Agreement: Titles of Creative Works

May 21, 2021

Sometimes a publication or movie, or a work of literature, art, or music has a plural noun or pronoun in the title. This makes it seem like you should use a plural verb, but if you’re talking about only one work, use a singular verb.

The New York Times has been around since 1851.
The Hunger Games is my favorite book.

The song Jingle Bells was written in 1850.

Irises is a famous painting by Vincent van Gogh.

Don’t let words like games and bells confuse you. Each of the sentences above talks about only one publication, book, song, or painting, so use a singular verb.