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Eng-Subject Verb Agreement

Rhetorical Grammar-Sentence Patterns: Subordination and Coordination
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Pearl Zhang

on 13 April 2014

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Transcript of Eng-Subject Verb Agreement

Plural Subjects
Anecdote-"Satisfaction"
Subject Verb Agreement
Pop Quiz
Please choose the correct sentence from the following:
A. Men lives like animals
B. Man live like animal
C. Man lives like animal
D. Men live like animals
Pop Quiz
Are you an expert?
Standard English?
"Sweat" by Zora Neale Hurston
Singular Subjects
The big dog runs.
In this sentence the subject is dog and the verb is runs.
As you can see "dog" is singular so the verb "runs" must agree with the subject and be singular.
Basic Rule of Subject Verb Agreement
Subject and verb must agree in #
Both need to be singular or both need to be plural (# game)

Review
Structure of Sentences
Be Patterns
1-contains adverbial of time/place
Weasel is in his den.
2-subject complement
You are an idiot.
Optional Adverbial
Choice of adding info about what, when, how why
Passive Voice
accepted by vs. accepts
Coordination
FANBOYS
Subject ~ Noun
Any word that names a person, place, or thing.
Verb ~ Action

A kind of word that usually tells about an action or a state and is the main part of a sentence.
am
are
are
are
are
is
were
were
were
were
was
was
Notice: In standard English, we use -s ending only when subject is singular and third person.
"Yeah, you just come from de church on a Sunday night, but heah you is gone to work on them clothes. You ain't nothing but a hypocrite."
(Hint: There is more than one answer)
Both And

And: Coordinating Conjunction
Both And: Correlative
Did Peter and Piper pick a peck of pickled peppers?

Either Or
Neither Nor
Either the whoopee cushion or the stink bomb is going to blow.
Either the whoopee cushion or the stink bombs are going to blow.
Either the whoopee cushions or the stink bomb is going to blow.

Whose Closer?
AND
OR
Either the stink bomb or the whoopee cushions are going to blow.
Noun
Switch
Past Tense:
Your Best Friend
My cat or dogs lick my face after licking their butts.
My cat or dogs licked my face after licking their butts.
Confusion:
singular or plural subjects?
Along with, in addition to, as well as, together with
Pearl, along with her best friend, likes to stab oompa loompas one by one.
Better: Pearl and her best friend like to stab oompa loompas one by one.
Pop Quiz
Please choose the correct sentence from the following:
A. The shell she sell are surely seashells.
B. The shell she sells are surely seashells.
C. The shells she sell are surely seashells.
D. The shells she sells are surely seashells.
Think you are an expert?
More Convoluted Rules
Noun Tricksters
Plural or singular?
scissors, pants, pliers, and glasses
news, measles
assets, earnings, thanks
fractional expressions
positive vs negative subject
there and here x
Where are my Subjects?
Quick Review
THE END
My apologies for making your head spin and for killing oompa loompas
Any further questions may be directed at the professor
Indefinite Pronouns
Where are my Subjects?
This lecture is not sponsored or endorsed by any other third parties or terrorist organizations.
The Growing Tree of Knowledge
By: Pearl Zhang
Any Q?

Letter Proposal Suggestions
Preview
Singular or plural?
Know your subject (product/service you have chosen) so when you promote it, you won't make a mistake!
Know your audience
Bloody Modifiers
The mayor, who has been convicted along with his four brothers on four counts of various crimes but who also seems, like a cat, to have several political lives, is finally going to jail.
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