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Subject Verb Agreement

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Subject Verb Agreement
What is it?
Subject
of a sentence

and the
verb
must AGREE with one another
Rule 2
Any time you write/talk in 'present tense' a
singular

subject
must have a
singular

verb
, and a
plural

subject
must have a
plural

verb
.
If the
subject
and
verb
don't get
along your sentence won't make sense.

One last thing you will need to remember
sometimes the
subject
and the
verb
in a sentence will be separated by a
prepositional phrase

Quiz
He ____ want to go to school.
(doesn't, don't)
Remember
You must always have a
Singular

verb
with a
singular

subject

Plural

verb
with a
plural

subject

Plural
with
plural
.
Singular
with
singular.

She

sits
in a tree.
We

sit
in a tree.
These sentences agree
Plural
with
singular
.
Singular
with
plural.
She

sit
in a tree.
We

sits
in a tree.
These sentences do not
Common singular verbs
Is
Goes
Has
Walks
Wants
Was
Someone
Everybody
Common plural verbs
Are
Go
Have
Walk
Want
Were
Know
Tip
Rule 1
A plural subject must go with a plural verb.
A singular subject must go with a singular verb.
Remember
Singular means "one" and plural means
"more then one"

Every subject is ether singular or plural
Many
singular

verbs
end with "
s
" or "
es
".
run
s
, turn
s
, writ
es
, go
es
, play
s
While many
plural

subjects
end with "
s
" or "
es
"
computer
s
, hand
s
, class
es
, dress
es
, cat
s
Plural

verbs
don't end with "
s
" or "
es
"
run, turn, write, go, play
Singular

subjects
don't end with "
s
" or "
es
"
computer, hand, class, dress, cat
a good rule to remember is that
subjects
that end with "
s
" or "
es
" usually will not have
verbs
that end with "
s
" or "
es
"
another one is when the
subject
doesn't end with "
s
" or "
es
" the
verb
will usually end with "
s
" or "
es
"
-
she

thinks
-
they

think
-
someone

is
-
they

are

the only exception to this rule is when the
subject
is ether "I" or "you"
-
you

are
free
-
you

thank
her
-
he

is
free
-
she

thanks
her
-
I

am
free
-
I

thank
her
A
prepositional

phrase
is a group of words that start with a
preposition
and end with a noun
prepositions
are words like:
about, at, by, like, over, with, until
Prepositional

phrases
often give information about
When?
Where?
Which?
We

ate

until we were full
We

are
running
late to school
An
earthquake

shakes
the earth
from underground
You can also have a
prepositional

phrase
in between the
subject
and a
verb
.
The
letters

from your friend

are
very nice.
That
person

over there

is
my best friend.
Those
guys

in front of the shop all

have
the same shoes
The dog ____ when someone comes in.
(growl, growls)
She and her friends ____ at the fair.
(is, am, are)
Growls
This is because the word
dog
is
singular
so we require a singular
verb
.
I ____ very happy.
(is, am, are)
The morning news ____ traffic updates.
(has, have)
One of the books ____ on the shelf.
(was, were)
all of the books, even yours, ____ in that box.
(is, are)
This week's newspaper claims that there __________ photographs of the Loch Ness Monster eating Elvis.
(is, are)
Unless the
subject
is
I
or
you
.
Are
Doesn't
Am
Has
Was
was
is used after a
singular
noun
The word
one
indicates the the subject is
singular
.
were
is used after a
plural
noun
Are
all
of the
books
shows that this sentence is
plural

A tip to not get confused is to try not reading the bits in between the two commas and and trying to find the verb
all of the
books
,
even yours
, ____ in that box.
Are
The
plural
noun
photographs
is the
subject
for the
plural

verb are
news
is a
singular

subject
meaning the
verb
is
Has
not
Have
"
I
" is an irregular
subject
where the
verb
changes to a completely different one when talking about yourself this is "
am
"
the word
he
is
singular
so we require a
singular

verb

to find out the
singular

verb
we cut off "
n't
" which makes "
do
" or "
does
" if we follow the rule where
verbs
that end with "
s
" or "
es
" are
singular
the answer is
dose
then you add back on the "
n't
"
the
subject
Friends is
plural
so we require a
plural
verb out of "
is
" and "
are
", "
are
" is
plural
Swims
Swim
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