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Subject-Verb Agreement

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Transcript of Subject-Verb Agreement

Rule 1
A verb agrees with its subject in number.
Rule 6
There
and
here
are never subjects. In sentences that begin with these words, the subject is usually found later on in the sentence.
Rule 2
The number of the subject (singular or plural) is not changed by words that come between the subject and the verb.
Rule 3
Some subjects
always
take a singular verb even though the meaning may seem plural.
Rule 4
The following words may be
singular or plural
, depending upon their use in a sentence:
Rule 5
Subjects joined by
and
are plural. Subjects joined by
or
or
nor
take a verb that agrees with the last subject.
Subject-Verb Agreement
Singular subjects take singular verbs
The
car stays
in the garage.
The
flower smells
good.
One
of the eggs
is
broken.
Of the eggs
prepositional phrase
The subject
one
and the verb
is
are both singular
Omit the prepositional phrase to make the subject-verb agreement easier.
Singular Verb Subjects
Each
Either
Neither
One
No one
Everyone
Someone
Anyone
Nobody
Somebody
Anybody
Everybody
For Example:
Someone
in the game
was
hurt.
Neither
of the men
is
working.
some
any
all
most
Most
of the news
is
good. (singular)
Most
of the flowers
were
yellow. (plural)
All
of the pizza
was
gone. (singular)
All
of the children
were
late. (plural)
Bob

and

George

are
leaving.
Neither Bob
nor
George
is
leaving.
Neither Bob
nor
his friends
are
leaving.
There
were
five
books
on the shelf.
were agrees with the subject book
Here
is
the
report
you wanted.
is agrees with the subject report
Rule 7
Collective nouns may be
singular or plural
depending on their use in the sentence.
A collective noun is a noun used to name a whole group
Rule 8
Expressions of time, money, measurement, and weight are usually singular when the amount is considered one unit.
Five dollars
is
too much to ask.
Ten days
is
not nearly enough time.
But sometimes...
There
were
thirty minutes to countdown.
Rule 9
Some nouns, while plural in form, are singular meaning.
Mathematics
is
an easy subject for some people.
Physics
is
taught by Prof. Baldwin.
mumps
measles
physics
acrobatics
home economics
gymnastics
aesthetics
social studies
statistics
phonics
thesis
economics
civics
news
mathematics
Rule 10
Don't
and
Doesn't
must agree with the subject. Use doesn't after he, she, it.
Doesn't
he know how to sail?
They
don't
make movies like that anymore.
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