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Transcript of Subject-Verb Agreement
A verb agrees with its subject in number.
are never subjects. In sentences that begin with these words, the subject is usually found later on in the sentence.
The number of the subject (singular or plural) is not changed by words that come between the subject and the verb.
take a singular verb even though the meaning may seem plural.
The following words may be
singular or plural
, depending upon their use in a sentence:
Subjects joined by
are plural. Subjects joined by
take a verb that agrees with the last subject.
Singular subjects take singular verbs
in the garage.
of the eggs
Of the eggs
and the verb
are both singular
Omit the prepositional phrase to make the subject-verb agreement easier.
Singular Verb Subjects
in the game
of the men
of the news
of the flowers
of the pizza
of the children
on the shelf.
were agrees with the subject book
is agrees with the subject report
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
Expressions of time, money, measurement, and weight are usually singular when the amount is considered one unit.
too much to ask.
not nearly enough time.
thirty minutes to countdown.
Some nouns, while plural in form, are singular meaning.
an easy subject for some people.
taught by Prof. Baldwin.
must agree with the subject. Use doesn't after he, she, it.
he know how to sail?
make movies like that anymore.