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subject-verb agreement 1.pptx
Rule 1
Use a singular verb with a singular subject and
a plural verb with a plural subject.
Eg.
Rachel dances well.
She dances well.
Rachel and Roy dance well.
Rule 2
When using the ‘be’ form of verbs,
there is an exception.
Person Pronoun Verb Example
1st Person Singular I am/was I am bold.
1st Person Plural We are/were We are bold.
2nd Person Singular/Plural You are/were We are bold
3rd Person Singular She, He, It is/was She is bold.
He is bold.
It is beautiful.
3rd Person Plural They are/were They are bold.
Rule 3
All 3rd person singular subjects use
‘has’ and all plural subjects and 1st
and 2nd person singular use ‘have’.
Eg.
I have a younger brother.
You have taken the wrong cut.
Swetha has a pet dog.
Rule 4
Compound subjects combined
using the conjunction ‘and’ take
a plural verb.
Eg.
The cat and dog play in the garden.
Ammu and Meenu eat sandwiches.
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subject-verb agreement 1.pptx

  • 3. Rule 1 Use a singular verb with a singular subject and a plural verb with a plural subject. Eg. Rachel dances well. She dances well. Rachel and Roy dance well.
  • 4. Rule 2 When using the ‘be’ form of verbs, there is an exception. Person Pronoun Verb Example 1st Person Singular I am/was I am bold. 1st Person Plural We are/were We are bold. 2nd Person Singular/Plural You are/were We are bold 3rd Person Singular She, He, It is/was She is bold. He is bold. It is beautiful. 3rd Person Plural They are/were They are bold.
  • 5. Rule 3 All 3rd person singular subjects use ‘has’ and all plural subjects and 1st and 2nd person singular use ‘have’. Eg. I have a younger brother. You have taken the wrong cut. Swetha has a pet dog.
  • 6. Rule 4 Compound subjects combined using the conjunction ‘and’ take a plural verb. Eg. The cat and dog play in the garden. Ammu and Meenu eat sandwiches.
  • 7. Rule 5 When more than one noun is joined by the conjunction ‘or’, the subject is considered to be singular and a singular verb is used. Eg. The cat or dog plays in the garden. A pen or a pencil is used for writing.