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I think the last two sentences actually need commas for them to be correct:

Two boys, along with a girl, are going to school.

A boy, along with two girls, is going to school.

Yes, those last sentences do need commas.

The third sentence is a singular subject -- "a boy" -- and it's modified with that descriptive clause--  "along with two girls" -- so it takes a singular verb "is."  That way you have subject-verb agreement.

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I think the last two sentences actually need commas for them to be correct:

Two boys, along with a girl, are going to school.

A boy, along with two girls, is going to school.

yes, but that was not the point of the original poster.  i agree with his point which is that most people choose between "is" and "are" as they see fit without considering which of the two is grammatically correct.  i do it myself sometimes.

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Yes, those last sentences do need commas.

The third sentence is a singular subject -- "a boy" -- and it's modified with that descriptive clause--  "along with two girls" -- so it takes a singular verb "is."  That way you have subject-verb agreement.

Thanks for the correction. I, myself,Insist on correct construction of sentences, agreement of subject and verb.

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You're right! Most of us don't know about this because some people don't pay attention to the subject and tense. I don't think your last sentence need a comma to make the sentence sound right. I do see if the subject, which is the third person, is single, then IS will be used as the verb tense.

A boy along with two girls IS going to school. That's grammatically acceptable.

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