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Subject-Verb Agreement Harry Potter Style

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Hogwarts Style
Subject-Verb Agreement Review
Every verb must agree with its subject (singular to singular, plural to plural)
First Rule of Subject-Verb Agreement:
Do, Have, and Be
There are
MANY
irregular past tense verbs in the English language. Below are important ones to note. . .
With past tense, remember to keep in mind that. . .
Now that we have a pretty good idea of what we're doing, let's try something different:
Each of you will draw either a subject or a verb
Then, you must pair up with someone that has a verb that agrees with your subject
There can be more than one verb that agrees with each subject
And of course, all the sentences will have to deal with the Wizarding World in some way
Matching Activity
First thing's first. . .who has the worst grammar?
Choose between Hagrid or Harry based on the quotes below. . .
Harry:
"He

said
people from Muggle families

shouldn't

even be allowed into Hogwarts."

Hagrid:
"You saw what everyone in the Leaky Cauldron
were

like when they saw yeh. Anyway, what
do

he know about it?"
And the answer is. . .
Hagrid!!!
Why?
Not only does Hagrid have a different way of pronouncing words, but he obviously wasn't taught about subject-verb agreement while at Hogwarts!
For example. . .
Instead of:
"You saw what everyone in the Leaky Cauldron
were
like when they saw yeh. Anyway, what
do
he know about it?"

It should be:
"You saw what everyone in the Leaky Cauldron
was
like when they saw yeh. Anyway, what
does
he know about it?"
That's what we will be reviewing today!
Example of Singular-Singular:
I solemnly swear that I am up to no good
Mischief managed
Harry
has
a crush on Ginny Weasly.
Example of Plural-Plural:
Harry and Ron
have
an obsession with Bertie Bott's every flavor beans.
Let's Review the Different Types of Subjects. . .
I
play
quidditch.
You

play
quidditch.
He/She/It

plays
quidditch.
We
play
quidditch.
They

play
quidditch.
You guys

play
quidditch.
Strange Rule About English Grammar
To make a noun plural, we add "-
s
"
Singular Noun: dragon
Plural Noun: dragon
s
However, to make a verb plural, we take away the "-
s
"
Singular: The dragon attack
s
.
Plural: The dragons attack.
Remember those irregular verbs!!!!
Do
Singular:
A Hogwarts student
does

Plural:
Hogwarts students

do
Have
Singular:
A Hogwarts student
has
Plural:
Hogwarts students

have
Be
Singular:
A Hogwarts student
is
Plural:
Hogwarts students

are
A Helpful Hint on Subject-Verb Agreement. . .
Generally, if the subject doesn't end in "-
s
," the verb will
If the subject does end in "-
s
," the verb won't
Example
The Slytherin like
s
Voldemort.

The"-
s
" is on verb, but not the subject
Example
The Slytherin
s
like Voldemort.

The"-
s
" is on subject, but not the verb
But what about past tense?
With regular past tense verbs, add "-
ed
" to the end of the verb in all forms!
I
cast
ed
a spell
You
cast
ed

a spell
He/She/It
cast
ed
a spell
We
cast
ed
a spell
They
cast
ed
a spell
You guys
cast
ed
a spell
Do
Singular: A Hufflepuff
did
Plural: Hufflepuffs
did

Have
Singular: A Hufflepuff
had
Plural: Hufflepuffs
had

Be
Singluar: A Hufflepuff
was
Plural: Hufflepuffs
were
Say
Singular: A Hufflepuff
said
Plural: Hufflepuffs
said

Go
Singular: A Hufflepuff
went
Plural: Hufflepuffs
went

Get
Singular: A Hufflepuff
got
Plural: Hufflepuffs
got
See
Singular: A Hufflepuff
saw
Plural: Hufflepuffs
saw
Now, let's try some together. . .
Present Tense
1) Ron Weasley ____________ (
love
) Hermione Granger.
2) The sorting hat ______________ (
talk
) to the students before choosing their house.
3) The Dursleys _________________ (
hate
) Hogwarts.
4) Gryffindors ______________ (
have
) a lion for their crest.
5) Snape ______________ (
be
) the Potions professor at Hogwarts.
Past Tense
1) Harry Potter _______________ (
be
) a baby when he _______________ (
get
) his scar.
2) Hagrid _______________ (
go
) to Hogwarts until he got expelled.
3) The Ravenclaws _______________ (
cheer
) for the Gryffindors during the quidditch match.
If you're done early. . .
Think about this:
Who has better subject-verb agreement, Hagrid or Yoda from Star Wars?
Hagrid:
"You saw what everyone in the Leaky Cauldron were like when they saw yeh. Anyway, what do he know about it?"

Yoda:
"To answer power with power, the Jedi way this is not. In this war, a danger there is, of losing who we are."
Review. . .
Which are subjects? Verbs?
Harry Potter
flew
went
Ginny Weasley
cries
dragons
Hogwarts
goes
The Dursleys
chocolate frogs
ate
slept
wands
Recap. . .
Subjects and objects must agree with one another for a sentence to be grammatically correct
For this to happen, we must be conscious of the various types of subjects (I, you, he, she ,it, they, we, you guys)
In the present tense, remember that if the subject doesn't end in "-s," the verb will, and vice versa.
In the past tense, make sure to remember to add "-ed" to the end of the verb but also remember the irregulars
Reminder. . .
Collective words such as "everybody" or "everyone" may sound like they're plural, but they are treated as an "it."
Correct: Everybody at Hogwarts
has
powers.
Incorrect: Everybody at Hogwarts
have
powers.
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