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Subject Verb Agreement

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Subject Verb Agreement

  1. 1. SUBJECT- VERB AGREEMENT Can’t they all just get along?
  2. 2. SUBJECT – VERB AGREEMENT  Subjects and verbs must AGREE with one another in number (singular or plural).  Singular subjects take singular verbs Plural subjects take plural verbs
  3. 3. WORKING IN THE PRESENT TENSE In present tenses, nouns and verbs form plurals in ‘opposite’ ways:  Singular subject = ADD an ‘S’ to the VERB  Plural subject = NO ‘S’ on the VERB All will become clear – promise!
  4. 4. SINGLE SUBJECTS + SINGLE VERBS Single Subject Single Verb The dog chases the cat. The student works hard. Susan drives to work.
  5. 5. PLURAL SUBJECTS + PLURAL VERBS Plural Subject Plural Verb The dogs chase the cat. The students work hard. Susan and Karen drive to work.
  6. 6. BE, DO, HAVE, GO, TEACH The bag is on the floor. The bags are on the floor. Barry does a great job. The workers do a great job. Aadesh has three cats. The neighbours have three cats. Bella goes swimming once a week. Bella and Darcy go swimming once a week. Paul teaches Bella to swim. Paul and Mary teach Bella to swim.
  7. 7. AGREEMENT IN NUMBER Choose correct form: The Hendersons is/are at the movie theater. The boxes has/have arrived from Spain. The actor is/are reciting his lines.
  8. 8. AGREEMENT IN NUMBER Choose correct form: The Hendersons are at the movie theater. The boxes have arrived from Spain. The actor is reciting his lines.
  9. 9. PHRASES Sometimes a phrase will come between the subject and verb, but don’t let this confuse you! You still only need the subject and verb agree. The students at school has/have many different jobs. Members of the club make/makes sandwiches at a shelter.
  10. 10. PHRASES Sometimes a phrase will come between the subject and verb, but don’t let this confuse you! You still only need the subject and verb agree. The students at school have many different jobs. Members of the club make sandwiches at a shelter.
  11. 11. WATCH OUT FOR COMPOUND SUBJECTS  When the parts of a compound subject are joined by "and," treat the subject as plural, even if the individual parts are singular.  Which sentence is correct? Danny and Rolando gets their share of rebounds. Danny and Rolando get their share of rebounds.
  12. 12. WATCH OUT FOR COMPOUND SUBJECTS  When the parts of a compound subject are joined by "and," treat the subject as plural, even if the individual parts are singular.  Which sentence is correct? Danny and Rolando get their share of rebounds.
  13. 13. WATCH OUT FOR COLLECTIVE NOUNS  Words such as group, jury, crowd, team, and committee can be singular or plural depending on the meaning of the subject. For example:  The jury has awarded compensation to the victim. The jury is acting as one unit; therefore, the verb is singular.  The jury members have been arguing for days. The jury members are acting as individuals; therefore, the verb is plural.
  14. 14. SINGULAR INDEFINITE PRONOUNS  The following words are treated as singular subjects and take singular verbs.  Each of the students is responsible for doing work in the library.  Neither of the tables is laid. anyone anybody anything one everyone everybody everything each someone somebody something either no one nobody nothing neither
  15. 15. TASK 1. The big tree with all the trimmings (make/makes) the holidays special. 2. My brothers and sisters (enjoy/enjoys) mathematics.
  16. 16. TASK 1. The big tree with all the trimmings (make/makes) the holidays special. 2. My brothers and sisters (enjoy/enjoys) mathematics.
  17. 17. TASK 5. The committee (believe/believes) that waiting until everyone arrives is important. 6. The committee (come/comes) from all parts of the city, so we usually start late. 7. Each of those opera singers regularly (hit/hits) notes high enough to break glass. 8. The tweezers (is/are) on the dresser.
  18. 18. TASK 5. The committee (believe/believes) that waiting until everyone arrives is important. 6. The committee (come/comes) from all parts of the city, so we usually start late. 7. Each of those opera singers regularly (hit/hits) notes high enough to break glass. 8. The tweezers (is/are) on the dresser.

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