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Subject Verb Agreement

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hannah patten

on 13 May 2014

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Transcript of Subject Verb Agreement

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
his car on Sundays.

ex. Chris and Becky
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.
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
an A on his or her final exam so everyone

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

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

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

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

Sabrina, Anastasia and Tanner
(12) ____________

their faces while Jackie and Ginny
(13) ____________

. No one
(14) ___________

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

. Most students
(17) ____________
that night. All
(18) ______________
well that ends well.
Here are some Indefinite Pronouns
Always Singular
-no one
Always Plural
Singular or Plural
(depending on context)
Additional Rules
Rule #1: Words ending in "s" indicating pairs are plural.
ex. My sunglasses

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

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

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

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