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Subject Verb Agreement

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Subject-Verb Agreement
What is it?
Subject-verb agreement simply means the subject and the verb must agree in number. This means both need to be singular or both need to be plural.

ex. Chris
cleans
his car on Sundays.

ex. Chris and Becky
clean
their cars on Sundays.
What is the rule?
Verbs must agree with their nouns.

In other words:

Singular subjects need singular verbs; plural subjects need plural verbs.
Remember!
Indefinite pronouns are pronouns that are not definite in meaning. In other words, they are not specific in which noun they replace. They may be singular or plural and must match the verb in number.

ex. Everyone
receives
an A on his or her final exam so everyone
is
happy.

ex. Many students
receive
an A on their final exam so many students
are
happy.
Game Time!
Mad Libs: Our Crazy Class Trip
It's time for the class trip to Disney World. Mrs. Taylor-Heine
(1) ____________

(verb)
the bus full of
(2) ____________
(adjective)
students to the entrance. Both Jordan and Tanner immediately
(3) ____________

(verb)
Mickey Mouse which sends Andrew away hysterically crying. While Hannah
(4) ____________

(verb)
to SeaWorld to save Tilikum, Cassidy, Danny and Makenzie
(5)____________
(verb
) on top of Space Mountain. Mackenzie feels
(6) ____________
(adjective)
so Parker
(7) ____________
(verb)
her peanuts. Meanwhile, Ben
(8) ____________
(verb)
Princess Jasmine and Jon must
(9) ____________
(verb)
Aladdin. When riding the teacups, Sabrina
(10) _____________
(verb)
all over Mrs. Taylor-Heine. While Mrs. Taylor Heine
(11) ____________

(verb)
Sabrina, Anastasia and Tanner
(12) ____________

(verb)
their faces while Jackie and Ginny
(13) ____________

(verb)
. No one
(14) ___________

(verb)
on the school trip this year. Everybody
(15) _____________
(verb)
at the happiest place on
(16) ____________

(noun)
. Most students
(17) ____________
(verb)
that night. All
(18) ______________
(verb)
well that ends well.
Here are some Indefinite Pronouns
Always Singular
-another
-anybody
-anyone
-anything
-each
-either
-every
-everybody
-everyone
-everything
-neither
-nobody
-no one
-nothing
-something
-somebody
-someone
Always Plural
-both
-many
Singular or Plural
(depending on context)
-all
-any
-more
-most
-none
-some
Additional Rules
Rule #1: Words ending in "s" indicating pairs are plural.
ex. My sunglasses
are
Ray-bans.

Rule #2: Courses look plural, but aren't plural.
ex. Mathematics
is
a tough subject.

Rule #3: Quantities are always singular.
ex. Fifty dollars
is
how much I need to fill up my tank.

Rule #4: "There" is never a subject.
ex. There
are
three cats that live in the barn.

Rule #5: Prepositional phrases are not subjects.
ex. Under the bridge
lives
a troll.
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