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Subject Verb Agreement

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Subject Verb Agreement

  1. 1. Subject-Verb agreement<br />
  2. 2. Subject-Verb Agreement<br />A verb must agree with its subject in number.<br />A singular subject has a singular verb.<br />Ex. The dogis hungry.<br />A plural subject has a plural verb.<br />Ex. The dogsare hungry.<br />
  3. 3. Words Between Subject & Verb<br />Words that come between the subject & verb do not change the subject-verb agreement.<br />Ex. The tomatoes in this salad are brown and mushy.<br />The subject is plural, so the verb is plural. The words in this salad don’t alter the subject-verb agreement.<br />To find the subject, cross out prepositional phrases. <br />
  4. 4. Verb before Subject<br />The verb agrees with the subject, even if it precedes the subject.<br />Other words may also come before the subject: there, here. In questions: who, which, what, where.<br />Ex. Here is your receipt. Where isGlen?<br />Unsure of the subject? Ask who or what the sentence is about. Where is who? Glen.<br />
  5. 5. Compound Subjects<br />Subjects joined by and take a plural verb. <br />Ex. Fear and ignorancehave a lot to do with hatred.<br />When subjects are joined by either…or, neither…nor, not only...but also, the verb agrees with the closest subject.<br />Ex. Neither TV shows or the Internet is as enjoyable as spending time with friends.<br />The nearer subject, internet, is singular, so the verb is too.<br />
  6. 6. Indefinite Pronouns<br />Indefinite pronouns take singular verbs. They are:<br />One words: one, anyone, everyone, someone.<br />Body words: nobody, anybody, somebody, everybody.<br />Thing words: nothing, anything, everything, something, each, either, neither. <br />*Both always takes a plural verb. <br />
  7. 7. Unsure about Subject-Verb Agreement?<br />Read each sentence aloud. If it doesn’t sound correct, there may be an agreement error.<br />Read each sentence & focus on the subject and verb. Do they match in number?<br />

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