Subject-Verb Agreement


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Subject-Verb Agreement

  1. 1. The verb changes form not only in tense but also in person and number. The person and number of a verb are determined by the person and number of its subject.
  2. 2.  Example: walks, plays, calls, describes The root or base form of the verb is referred to as its plural form. It is used with all kinds of subjects except the 3rd person singular which calls for the s- form.
  3. 3. Examples: 1. He asks many questions about his work. 2. We ask for help everyday. Examples: 1. Every loyal Filipino must do his share. 2. Nobody except juniors is admitted to the course.
  4. 4. 3. Either of these two cars is a good bargain. 4. Each, as far as I have been able to judge, has something to offer. Example: 1. Neither Alma or Queen expects to attend this seminar. Example: 1. Neither the foremen nor the workers are here.
  5. 5. Examples: 1. Neither the apples nor the basket is expensive. 2. Either the owner nor the workers are responsible. Example: 1. A horse and a carabao are in the pasture.
  6. 6. Examples: 1. Mary, you were there last night. 2. Peter, are you going?. Example: 1. Physics is my favorite subject.
  7. 7. Examples: 1. There is too much noise in this room. 2. There were several good reasons for my decision. Example: 1. I have met the woman who is on the program. 2. She is one of those girls who are never on time.
  8. 8. Examples: 1. The class is orderly. 2. The committee is making plans for the fiesta. A. Fractions may take singular or plural verbs depending on the of phrase Example: 1. Two-thirds of the farm is planted to coconuts.
  9. 9. B. Words or phrases that express periods of time, weights, measurements, and amounts of money are usually regarded as singular. 1. Twenty pesos is too much to pay for a handkerchief. 2. Thirty kilometers is a good day’s ride.
  10. 10. 1. Every silver knife, fork, and spoon (has, have) to be counted. 2. The committee (do, does) not agree to some proposals. 3. Either you or Maria (was, were) late for class. 4. Two kilos of rice (meet, meets) our daily needs. 5. My friends and my mother (like, likes) each other. 6. The rhythm of the pounding waves (is, are) calming. 7. Statistics (is, are) often misleading. 8. One-half of the coconuts (is, are) to be sold in the market. 9. President Obama, along with his support staff and news reporters, (visit, visits) many key cities around the world every. 10. Neither the teacher nor the students (was, were) able to find the solution immediately.
  11. 11. 11. A high tax, not to mention unemployment, (influence, influences) votes. 12. The team and the band (is, are) on the field. 13. Neither Carol nor Ted (is, are) excluded from the meeting. 14. Neither the basket nor the apples (is, are) expensive. 15. Each of them (has, have) a good seat.
  12. 12. Mary Queen T. Bernardo Teacher III/TIC San Jose National Agricultural and Industrial High School Mangarin Annex