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Subjects, Verbs, and Parallelism
Transcript of Subjects, Verbs, and Parallelism
Subject-Verb Agreement & Parallelism
Subjects & Verbs
The subject of a sentence is the main "who" or "what", the topic; it may be a
form of a verb acting as a
The verb in a sentence is the action or state of being done by the subject.
is a word that stands in for another noun (person/place/thing). Pronouns often take the place of a subject or object in a sentence.
Just as a battery needs a positive and a negative side, your subject-verb unit needs a +s and a -s.
In a good English sentence, words/phrases that do the same job need to match in form.
are used everyday.
My sister read
, and write
in three different languages.
Even clauses sometimes require parallel structure.
out the ingredients,
them all together, and my
4. One group of people were going to the party in my car.
3. Few students are reading ahead of class.
2. There is many ways to show someone you care.
1. My brother, sister and I am going on a roadtrip.
Which one is correct?
Greg wants that guitar, but it is very expensive.
Listening is an important skill.
Some instruments are easy to learn.
The space station is costing a lot of money, but it provides essential data.
Comparing with Parallel Structure
Parallel structure is needed in comparisons using
It is better to give than to receive.
His intelligence was as important as his working hard.
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Singular + Plural
Even with irregular verbs, the singular form usually ends with an
, and the plural form does not.
some papers on the desk.
it look like rain?
: Collective nouns are always singular.
(homework, help, food)
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