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Subject-Verb Agreement

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Michael Jolly

on 11 October 2012

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photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli Connor Lax and Michael Jolly Subject-Verb Agreement A singular subject takes a singular verb, while a plural subject takes a plural verb. "The Basic Rule" The verb should match the tense of the subject that is closest to the verb What if there is a compound subject that has a singular and a plural subject? The verb needs to agree with the subject.
The phrase in the middle doesn't matter. If there is a phrase in between the subject and the verb...IGNORE IT! If the subject comes after the verb then the same rules still apply. These are classified as singular subjects so they are matched with singular verbs Collective nouns (nouns that are imply more than one person) While these are some of the rules, every case is different. Just remember!! The trick is determining whether the subject or verb is plural or singular Paiz, Joshua M., Chris Berry, and Allen Brizee. "Welcome to the Purdue OWL." Purdue OWL: Subject/Verb Agreement. Purdue Online Writing Lab, 23 May 2012. Web. 08 Oct. 2012. <http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/599/01/>. Works Cited Examples Singular Correct :The book is over there Plural Correct: The books are over there. Incorrect: The book are over there Incorrect: The books is over there Examples Correct: The boy or his friends run every day. Incorrect: His friends or the boy runs everyday. The boy or his friends runs every day. His friends or the boy run everyday. Examples Correct: One of the boxes is open. The people who listen to that music are few . Incorrect: One of the boxes are open. The people who listen to that music is few. Examples: Correct: There are many questions. There is a question. Incorrect: There is many questions. There are a question. Examples Correct: The team runs during practice. The committee decides how to agree. Incorrect: The team run during practice. The committee decide how to agree.
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