Subject And Verb Agreement

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Subject And Verb Agreement

  1. 1. SUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENT RULES
  2. 2. 1. COLLECTIVE NOUNS singular verb plural verb or
  3. 3. Our school team has won all its games. (the team as a whole) CLUE
  4. 4. Our school team have won all their games. (the individual team members) CLUE
  5. 5. 2. SOME COMMON AND PROPER NOUNS ending in –s, including –ics nouns and certain diseases singular verb
  6. 6. No news is good news. Measles is a contagious disease. Physics is a difficult subject.
  7. 7. 3. TITLES OF BOOKS, PLAYS, OPERAS, FILMS, AND SUCH WORKS – EVEN WHEN PLURAL IN FORM singular verb
  8. 8. Transformers is my favorite movie. The Perfect Christmas is a good read.
  9. 9. 4. when NOUN pair is present singular verb when NOUN pair is absent plural verb
  10. 10. A pair of trousers is on the sofa. Todd’s trousers are on the sofa.
  11. 11. 5. The number singular verb A number plural verb
  12. 12. The number of students in this school is 2,000. A number of students have dropped that course.
  13. 13. 6. fractions percentages singular verb plural verb modifying a mass noun fractions percentages modifying a plural noun
  14. 14. 6. fractions percentages singular verb plural verb modifying a collective noun or
  15. 15. Fifty percent of the toxic waste has escaped . One half of the toxic waste has escaped .
  16. 16. Sixty-six percent of the students are satisfied with the class. Two thirds of the students are satisfied with the class.
  17. 17. One tenth of the population of Egypt is Christian. One tenth of the population of Egypt are Christians.
  18. 18. One tenth of the population of Egypt is Christian. One tenth of the population of Egypt are Christians.
  19. 19. 7. arithmetical operations singular verb
  20. 20. One plus one is two. One plus one equals two. Ten divided by two is five. Ten divided by two equals five.
  21. 21. 8. Quantifiers all (of) , a lot of , lots of , and plenty of singular verb If the subject head noun is a mass noun If the subject head noun is plural plural verb
  22. 22. A lot of nonsense was published about that incident. A lot of people were present when it happened.
  23. 23. 9. Subjects joined by and Compound subject consisting of 2 or more nouns, pronouns, or nouns and pronouns joined by and plural verb
  24. 24. Roger and Elaine agree that you and I are capable of doing the work.
  25. 25. Subjects joined by and When the parts of a compound subject refer to 1 person or thing, the subject requires a singular verb – even though the parts of the subject are joined by and .
  26. 26. Bacon and eggs seems to be the most popular item on the breakfast menu.
  27. 27. Subjects joined by and When the parts of a compound subject are joined by and and the subject is preceded by each , every , or many a , the subject is singular and requires a singular verb .
  28. 28. Many a man, woman, and child uses public transportation every day.
  29. 29. 10. When the parts of a compound subject are joined by or or nor and each parts is singular, use a singular verb that agrees in person with the subject immediately preceding the verb.
  30. 30. Neither the catalog nor the price list contains an order form.
  31. 31. However, when a singular subject and a plural subject are joined by or or nor , the plural subject should immediately precede the verb and a plural verb should be used.
  32. 32. We do not know whether the owner or the tenants are responsible.
  33. 33. 11. When a pronoun that may be either singular or plural is used as a subject, you must consider what the pronoun refers to in order to decide whether to use a singular or a plural verb with it.
  34. 34. Some of the information has no value to anyone. Some of the papers have historical importance.
  35. 35. 12. As well as, in addition to, including, together with, accompanied by, or a similar expression following a subject has no bearing on whether the subject is singular or plural. The verb must agree with the subject itself.
  36. 36. The original copy , as well as the photocopies, requires your signature. Several secretaries , in addition to the office manager, plan to attend the workshop.
  37. 37. 13. Ignore a predicate nominative when determining the number of the verb to use with the subject of a linking verb.
  38. 38. Computers are a marvel of electronic technology. subject predicate nominative
  39. 39. 14. When one or more names are used in direct address, the subject you is often understood and a plural verb is required.
  40. 40. Leo, please give this envelope to your teacher.
  41. 41. 14. When there appears at the beginning of a sentence or clause, the true subject appears after the verb following there.
  42. 42. There is an overdue balance of 455.60. There were several issues to be resolved.
  43. 43. YOU CAN BREATHE NOW! :P

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