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Subject-Verb Agreement 3

third time's the charm...
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Laura Gibson

on 3 October 2012

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Transcript of Subject-Verb Agreement 3

Your Guide to
Subject-Verb Agreement The Marauder's Map: A singular verb must have a singular subject. Ex. "The garden of mandrake roots were screaming." Confusion can arise when... The wizard is drinking his butterbeer. A plural subject must have a plural verb. Remember: "The garden of mandrake roots was screaming." Noun phrases with collective nouns and pronouns The modifier rather than the headword determines the form of the verb. Some of the Pygmy Puffs are missing. Some of the love potion is missing. Compound Subjects joined by Coordinating Conjunction a.) Two subjects joined by "both" or "both...and" The subject is plural. Ron and his sister are headed through the Floo network. Neither the centaurs nor the house elves were intimidated by the Death Eaters. Compound Subjects joined by "or", "either...or" This relationship is called To determine the form of the verb, refer to the member of the pair that is nearest the verb. Either the dementors or Voldemort was making Harry's scar hurt. Phrases that offer additional information: Dependent Phrases Additions to the subject are parenthetical and not treated as part of the subject. ex. Mad-Eye Moody, as well as the Weasleys, has arrived. To include the additional information in the subject, use a conjunction, such as "and." Everybody, each, everyone, either, anyone, etc. Some collective nouns refer to individuals as one group, and these take a singular verb too. a postheadword modifier also includes a noun. The number of the headword dictates the number of the verb. A bunch of students are going to Hogsmeade today. Be careful of collective nouns that refer to each individual in one group, like these indefinite pronouns: Although the idea is plural, the verb is
singular. Ex. Faculty, staff, committee, team, family, etc. . disjunctive. additions to the subject are parenthetical and not treated as part of the subject Determiners Pro tip: ask yourself if the subject is countable or not. The faculty is making the final decision. The wizards are drinking their butterbeer. Everyone loves watching Quidditch. The Hungarian Horntail, in addition to the Norwegian Ridgeback, has venomous fangs. A lot of classes A lot of homework A large number of people The number of the noun determines
the form of the verb. are is are First things first... "Some," "all," "everyone," "few," etc. Subjects and verbs MUST agree with one another in number.
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