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Subject Verb Agreement

English assignment
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Michael Wiebe

on 18 April 2011

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Transcript of Subject Verb Agreement

Subject Verb Agreement The Subject and the verb must agree. If they do not. Then the scentence is dead 1 The indefinite pronouns anyone, everyone, someone, no one, nobody are always singular and, therefore, require singular verbs. The Tense of the pronoun and the tense of the verb have to be the same. Everyone has done his or her homework. Somebody has left her purse. 2 Some indefinite pronouns are particularly troublesome Everyone and everybody certainly feel like more than one person and, therefore, people are sometimes tempted to use a plural verb with them. They are always singular, though. Each is often followed by a prepositional phrase ending in a plural word (Each of the cars), thus confusing the verb choice. Each, too, is always singular and requires a singular verb. 3 Phrases such as together with, as well as, and along with are not the same as and. The phrase introduced by as well as or along with will modify the earlier word (mayor in this case), but it does not compound the subjects (as the word and would do). The mayor as well as his brothers is going to prison.
The mayor and his brothers are going to jail. The pronouns neither and either are singular and require singular verbs even though they seem to be referring, in a sense, to two things. 4 Neither of the two traffic lights is working.
Which shirt do you want for Christmas?
Either is fine with me. 5 The conjunction or does not conjoin (as and does): when nor or or is used the subject closer to the verb determines the number of the verb. Whether the subject comes before or after the verb doesn't matter; the proximity determines the number. Either my father or my brothers are going to sell the house.
Neither my brothers nor my father is going to sell the house. 6 The words there and here are never subjects. There are two reasons [plural subject] for this.
There is no reason for this.
Here are two apples. 7 Verbs in the present tense for third-person, singular subjects (he, she, it and anything those words can stand for) have s-endings. Other verbs do not add s-endings.

He loves and she loves and they love_ and . . . .
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