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Subject-Verb Agreement Rules

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Mark Greene

on 29 October 2014

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Transcript of Subject-Verb Agreement Rules

Subject-Verb Agreement
4. Doesn't is a contraction of does not and should be used only with a singular subject. Don't is a contraction of do not and should be used only with a plural subject. The exception to this rule appears in the case of the first person and second person pronouns I and you. With these pronouns, the contractions don't should be used.

He doesn't like it.
Subject-Verb Agreement
10. Collective nouns are words that imply more than one person but that are considered singular and take a singular verb, such as group, team, committee, class, and family.

The team runs during practice.
Subject-Verb Agreement
7. Nouns such as civics, mathematics, dollars, measles, and news require singular verbs.

The news is on at six.
Subject-Verb Agreement
3. When two or more singular nouns or pronouns are connected by or or nor, use a singular verb.

The book or the pen is in the drawer.
Subject-Verb Agreement
Subject-Verb Agreement
5. Do not be mislead by a phrase that comes between the subject and the verb. The verb agrees with the subject, not with a noun or pronoun.

One of the boxes is open.
Subject-Verb Agreement
8. Nouns such as scissors, tweezers, trousers, and shears require plural verbs. (There are two parts to these things)

These scissors are dull.
Subject-Verb Agreement
Subject-Verb Agreement
9. In sentences beginning wit"there is" "there are", the subject follows the verb. Since "there" is not the subject, the verb agrees with what follows.

There are many questions.
2. When the subject of a sentence is composed of two or more nouns or pronouns connected by and, use a plural verb.

She and her friends are at the fair.
6. The words each, each one, either, neither, everyone, anybody, anyone, nobody, somebody, someone, and no one are singular and require a singular verb.

Everybody knows Mr. Jones
11. Expressions such as with, together with, including, accompanied by, in addition to, or as well do not change the number of the subject. If the subject is singular, the verb is too.

The President, accompanied by his wife, is traveling to India.

1. When the subject of a sentence is composed of two or more nouns or pronouns connected by and, use a plural verb.

She and her friends are at the fair.

Subject-Verb Agreement Rules
Subject-Verb Agreement
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