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Grammar Grams- Subject Verb Agreement

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Tai Christie

on 2 December 2013

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Transcript of Grammar Grams- Subject Verb Agreement

The Subject and the Verb Have to Get Along!
The subject and the verb have to both be either singular or both be plural.
Whether the verb is plural or singular depends on the subject. Because of this, any words that are in between the subject and the verb do not affect the form of the verb.
Tricky Subjects
Sometimes writers get confused because it can be pretty tricky to tell if a subject is singular or plural.
Indefinite pronouns are pronouns that talk about non-specific people, such as 'anyone' or 'someone'. They are always singular when they start with 'any', 'every' or 'some' and they are always plural when they point to more than one person, like 'both', or 'others'.
For Example...
There is interesting things going on at lunchtime.
Collective Nouns
Collective nouns are nouns that involve a group such as 'team' or 'couple'. It's up to the writer themselves to decide whether they are singular or plural.
With amounts, you need to know if you are talking about the whole amount or separate parts of it.
Sometimes we aren't careful when we write our sentences and our subjects and verbs end up disagreeing.
As opposed to...
There are interesting things going on at lunchtime.
For Example...
For example, you would say 'is that macaroni and cheese?'
Not 'are that macaroni and cheese?'
There are certain groups of nouns that we consider a unit, like 'peanut butter and jelly' or 'macaroni and cheese'. These are singular nouns, not plural.
The sentence
'the pizza has tomatoes and is cheesy'
is okay!
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