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Compound Subjects and Verbs

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Katelynn Miller

on 25 April 2014

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Transcript of Compound Subjects and Verbs

Compound Subjects and Verbs
Compound subjects connected by "and"
Compound subjects connected by "and" usually require a plural verb
Example: Janice and Marie (is, are) good friends.
Compound SINGULAR subjects connected by "or" or "nor"
Compound subjects connected by "or" or "nor" take a singular verb
Example: A car or train (provide, provides) good transportation in the city.
Compound PLURAL subjects connected by "or" or "nor"
Plural subjects connected by "or" or "nor" use a plural verb
Example: Neither children nor adults (like, likes) to wait in line.
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When a compound subject is made up of one singular and one plural subject, the verb agrees with the subject CLOSER to it.
Example: Either the monuments or the White House (is, are) interesting to see.
Example: Either the White House or the monuments (is, are) interesting to see.
Practice
1. King Arthur and Sir Galahad (was, were) friends.
2. She and I (was, were) very kind to the puppy.
3. (Was, Were) your mother and father in the audience?
4. The lake and the river (was, were) covered with ice.
5. Anna and Sara (plays, play) the piano.
6. Tennis and golf (is, are) summer sports.
7. The pen and the pencil (lies, lie) on the desk.
8. The rose bush and daffodils (grow, grows) along my fence.
9. The daffodils and rose bush (grow, grows) along my fence.
10. Neither the lion nor the tiger (is, are) hungry.
11. Neither the lions nor the tigers (is, are) hungry.
12. Neither he nor I (am, is, are) ready. (Hint: look at the subject nearest the verb)
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