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Subject-Verb Agreement

English Grammar Presentation

Becca VerHoeven

on 22 October 2012

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Transcript of Subject-Verb Agreement

And lack thereof Subject-Verb Agreement When a singular subject agrees with a singular verb,
and a plural subject agrees with a plural verb

A subject must agree with its verb in number. What is Subject-Verb
agreement? Andre'a is my closest friend.

Josh eats a lot of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

My friend and classmate has played soccer for many years.

Macaroni and cheese is Daniel's least favorite food.

Singular Verbs and
Singular Subjects Her book of short stories are very interesting.

The man with two bags are heading to the airport.

The teacher's instruction to the girls were not clear.

The thieves who stole the money has escaped. Lack of Subject-Verb
Agreement Special Cases Examples:

Emma fell into the Atlantic Ocean when she tried flying off of the mountain.

Some people like to eat bark for fun. NOTE:
Plural nouns often end in "s" or "es" to show that they are plural: trucks, dresses, ideas, classes
With verbs, the opposite is often true. Many singular verbs end in "s" or "es": runs, catches, asks, goes, thinks They have a whole batch of cookies waiting to be eaten.

Logan and Dylan are cousins.

We enjoy both snowboarding and skateboarding.

The nurse and the sister of the patient care for him. Plural Verbs and
Plural Subjects Indefinite Pronouns Examples:

Everyone on the team supports the coach.

Each of the flowers has been watered.

Nobody who participated in the clinical trials was given a placebo. Collective Nouns Treat collective nouns as singular unless the meaning is clearly plural Either...Or
Neither...Nor With subjects joined with "or" or "nor", make the verb agree with the part of the subject nearer to the verb "ics" Words such as "athletics", "economics", "mathematics", "politics", "statistics", and "physics" are usually singular, despite their plural form Others Titles of works, company names, words mentioned as words, and gerund phrases are singular Treat most indefinite pronouns as singular Examples:

The group agrees that action is necessary.

The class respects the teacher.

The old group have gone their separate ways.

The class members are debating among themselves. Examples:

Either a driver's license or credit card is required.

Either a driver's license or two credit cards are required.

Neither Jennie nor Katlyn has been to Disneyland.

Neither the van Vliets nor the Rutlers have been to Disneyland. Examples:

Politics is among my father's favorite pastimes.

Statistics is the one course Beth failed.

Criminal Minds is my favorite television show.

Lowe's is a popular hardware and appliance store.

"Children" is misspelled in your paper.

Encountering long hold times makes customers impatient with telephone tech support. Works Cited http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/subject-verb-agreement.aspx

Hacker, Diana, and Nancy Sommers. The Bedford Handbook. 8th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2009. 243-55. Print.


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