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Transcript of Subject-Verb Agreement
of, to, in, from, for, with, at, by
except, but, like, between
as well as, in addition to, such as, including, plus, together, with, other than
Company Names and Titles
Although they may appear plural, company names and titles of publications are singular and require singular verbs.
Some indefinite pronouns are always
, whereas others are always
. There some that may be
, depending on what they are referencing.
There vs. Here
Collective Nouns as Subjects
Quantities and Measures
Phrases and Clauses as subjects
are articles of a sentence
is the subject of a sentence,
We must ignore the prepositions that follow the subject
and determine whether a subject is plural or singular by the use of either
Quantities that are
units which can be counted, are
Locate the subjects of verbs
sentences begin with there or here
Make verbs agree with:
subjects joined by
company names and titles
Choose the right verbs to agree with indefinite pronouns and collective nouns
Make verbs agree with numbers
Achieve subject-verb agreement with phrases and clauses as subjects and with subject complements
Check out your card, it should have either a sentence with its subject underlined and missing its verb, or a single verb.
Try to find someone else in the class with a verb/ sentence that fits with yours.
You only have 1 minute to find your partner!
Anyone, anybody, anything, each, either, every (one, body, thing), neither, nobody, nothing, some (body, one, thing)
Both, few, many, several
Sing. or plural
All, any, more, most, several
of the two applicants
in the lottery
an equal chance.
of the employees
applying for shares.
of the websites
* Should be
Collective nouns like team, council, class, committee, and faculty are usually singular, but may be plural, depending on how they are used in a sentence.
Relative Pronoun Clauses
Must agree in number and person with the noun to which it refers
ONE OF :
May be singular or plural
Depends on the noun to which they refer
When entire phrases or clauses are the subject of a sentence, a singular verb is used
of the dogs
allowed in the park
2. Over a
of the paper
completed in time
Linking verb must agree with the subject
If the complement differs from the subject in number, the linking verb must still agree with the subject
Step 1: Identify if your noun is collective
Step 2: If it is you would use a singular verb
unanimously approved the proposal
In locating subjects in a sentence, ignore prepositional phrases. The subject of a verb will not be the object of a preposition.
with its several attachments
received this morning.
Note: "Attachments" is not the subject
1. One of the companies is hiring new employees.
2. E-mail messages from the president are important.
3. Everyone except Stephanie and Todd is working.
What are the subjects of the following sentences?
In locating subjects, ignore intervening groups of words such as those introduced by:
of the students
taking summer school."
(singular subject) (singular verb)
In sentences beginning with
, look for the true subject after the verb.
"Here is a list of potential customers"
Step 1: Invert the sentence.
"A list of potential customers is here"
of potential customers
Step 2: Identify the subject.
of potential customers
(plural subject & verb)
Seven Secrets to Successful Investing
a top seller at Amazon.com.
One book is singular, can be replaced with "it"
Malicki and Malicki Associates is hiring.
One company =
1.The number of bees in Toronto is declining
2. A number of bees were killed
Reading about the flu virus
Mr. Smith is
never on time
ONE OF (plural): WHO refers to a plural antecedent