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Transcript of Subject-Verb Agreement
Welcome to the Purdue OWL. (n.d.). Retrieved April 5, 2018, from https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/599/01/
Pagel, L. G., & Norstrom, B. (2011). Proofreading & Editing Precision. Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning.
does not refer to or specify a particular noun.
Some indefinite pronouns are always singular, others are always plural, and others may be either singular or plural depending on their relationship to other words in the sentence.
Indefinite pronouns used as the subject of the sentence must agree in number with the verb.
of the two cabins
adequate for two people.
denotes a collection of persons or things regarded as one unit.
When a collective noun refers to the collection as a whole, use a singular verb.
Example: The cruise
on duty day and night. (Staff refers to a group)
When a collective noun refers to members of the collection as separate persons or things, use a plural verb.
Example: The cruise
at the welcome party. (Staff members are individuals)
is a sentence that contains two or more subjects.
Compound subjects are usually joined by the word
who signed up
has been entered
in the contest.
When a compound subject is joined by
, the verb agrees with the subject closest to the verb.
The subject and verb of a sentence must agree in number and in person.
Number: singular or plural
First person- I, we, our/ours
Second person- you, your/yours
Third person- he, she, it, they , theirs
Singular and Plural Nouns
is a group of words with both a subject and a verb that expresses a complete thought.
Example: "The bus was late."
of a sentence is the person, place, it is about.
tells what the subject is or does.
is an incomplete sentence that may be missing a subject of the sentence.
Example: "Once we get there"
is a word or word group that describes and is usually related to the subject of the sentence.
occur between subjects and verbs.
Example: Travel agents
with training and experience
are very helpful.
By: Sarah Laity