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Subject verb agreement

  1. 1. SUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENT Rodel Bryan C. Valdez BSEd IV-A Free Powerpoint Templates Page 1
  2. 2. Basic Rules• Singular subject needs a singular verb• Plural subject needs a plural verb Free Powerpoint Templates Page 2
  3. 3. Making sure thatthe subject agrees with verb Free Powerpoint Templates Page 3
  4. 4. Step OneFind the subject(s) of the sentence. Example:The topic is controversial, so the students have strong opinions.I am studying biology because it has always interested me Free Powerpoint Templates Page 4
  5. 5. Step TwoLook for these kinds of verbsa. Verbs in the simple present tenseb. BE verbsc. HAVE verbs Free Powerpoint Templates Page 5
  6. 6. Verbs in the Simple Present Tense• If the subject is any noun that can be replaced with he, she, or it, add –s to the simple form of the verb. The head nurse inspects the patients. Subject Verb Free Powerpoint Templates Page 6
  7. 7. • If the subject is any noun that can be replaced with they (or is the pronouns I, we, you or they), just use the simple form of the verb. I / you / we / they inspect the patients. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 7
  8. 8. BE Verbs• BE verbs can be used alone. I am Bryan. You / We / They are helpful. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 8
  9. 9. • BE verbs can be helping verbs I am studying biology You / We / They are studying biology Free Powerpoint Templates Page 9
  10. 10. HAVE Verbs• HAVE verbs can be used alone.I / You / We / They have strong opinions.The school has helpful teachers. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 10
  11. 11. • HAVE verbs can be used as helping verbs. I / You / We / They have studied already.It has always interested me. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 11
  12. 12. The following create problems:• Pronouns such as everyone, anybody, each, and someone seem to be plural but are actually singular and require singular verbs. Someone has to answer the phone. Each person deserves to be educated. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 12
  13. 13. The following create problems:• Phrases that come between the subject pronoun and its verb may contain plural words and tend to be confusing. Each of the boys deserves a prize. Each of the basketball players is excited about tonight’s game. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 13
  14. 14. The following create problems:• When the Subject is a Quantity.One hundred thousand light years areOne hundred thousand light years is an extremely long time. an extremely long time. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 14
  15. 15. The following create problems:• When the Subject is a Collective Noun. Examples: Observe the following sentences The team of scientists monitors the galaxy. The teams of scientists disagree about those stars. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 15
  16. 16. The following create problems:• Verbs that accompany pronouns such as all and some will be determined by whether the pronoun is referring to something that is COUNTABLE or not. Some of the salt was spilled on the floor. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 16
  17. 17. The following create problems: • None is usually regarded as singular, but it can be used as a plural pronoun. None of the boys has helped at the game. OR Either is correct!None of the boys have helped at the game. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 17
  18. 18. The following create problems:• When a singular and plural subject are connected by either/or or neither/nor put the plural subject last and use a plural verb.Neither Jacob nor the others are available. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 18
  19. 19. The following create problems:• When either and neither appear as a subject alone (without the words or and nor), they are singular.Examples:• Either of those answers seems to be right.• You can have the bed by the window or the one by the door. Either is okay with me. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 19
  20. 20. The following create problems:• When the Subject Comes after its Verb. There is one significant reason why men remarry. There are many reasons why men remarry. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 20
  21. 21. The following create problems:• The expression the number is followed by a singular verb while the expression a number is followed by a plural verb.Example:The number of people we need to hire is thirteen. A number of people have written in about this subject. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 21
  22. 22. BeAgreeable! Free Powerpoint Templates Page 22
  23. 23. Part One Free Powerpoint Templates Page 23
  24. 24. Directions: If the subject and verb are in agreement say "correct." If they are not, say the correct answer Let’s get it on!Free Powerpoint Templates Page 24
  25. 25. He am busy.• Correct• Is• Are• Were• Does Free Powerpoint Templates Page 25
  26. 26. The students are going to school.• Correct• Is• Was• Did• Does Free Powerpoint Templates Page 26
  27. 27. Bill are going to the store• Correct• Were• Is• Did• Does Free Powerpoint Templates Page 27
  28. 28. Here is the books you need for your assignment.• Correct• Are• Were• Was• Does Free Powerpoint Templates Page 28
  29. 29. Neither those women nor this one is unfulfilled.• Correct• Am• Are• Were• Did Free Powerpoint Templates Page 29
  30. 30. Everyone at the movie theater is taking a dollar.• Correct• Are• Am• Were• Does Free Powerpoint Templates Page 30
  31. 31. Everything contribute to the problem.• Correct• Contributes• Are contributing• Were contributing• Has contribute Free Powerpoint Templates Page 31
  32. 32. Either of us is capable of doing the job.• Correct• Were• Are• Does• Have Free Powerpoint Templates Page 32
  33. 33. Neither the employers nor the union desire a strike vote.• Correct• Desires• Are desire• Has desire• Is desire Free Powerpoint Templates Page 33
  34. 34. Part Two Free Powerpoint Templates Page 34
  35. 35. Directions:From the two choices given in the parentheses, choose the correct word that makes the subject and verb agree. Let’s do it!Free Powerpoint Templates Page 35
  36. 36. 1. (Artists, artist) need to be keen observers2. (He, we) has been very noisy in class.3. Here is your (paper, papers).4. Have (you, he) ever been in love with her?5. (You, I) are the greatest person I have ever met!6. (He, I) am feeling nervous right now.7. Either of the (parent, parents) is going to school.8. (The number, a number) of students who are cheating is increasing. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 36
  37. 37. Sources:• http://resources.jjay.cuny.edu/erc/tutoring/ pdfs/30.pdf• http://writinghood.com/style/basic-rules-of- subject-verb- agreement/http://www.grammarbook.com/ grammar/subjectVerbAgree.asp• http://www.takdangaralin.com/english/com munication-skills/problems-in-subject-verb- agreement/ Free Powerpoint Templates Page 37

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