2A verb should agree in number with its subject. SingularA word that refers to one person, place, thing, or idea.He washes the dishes. (He is a singular subject so washes agrees.)PluralA word that refers to more that on person, place, thing, or idea.They wash the dishes. (They is a plural subject, so wash agrees.)SingularVideo child I thief herselfPluralVideos children we thieves themselves
3Singular and Plural A singular noun A singular verb A plural noun NO S on the end of itDog, cat, buildingA singular verbCan have an S on the end of it.Attracts, holds, walks, attendsA plural nounDogs, Cats, buildingsA plural verbNormally no S on the end of itSing, graduate, laugh
4Choose the correct verb People (walks, walk)House (has stood, have stood)Cattle (is running, are running)Result(is, are)Women (seems, seem)Children (sings, sing)To whisper (is, are)Phoebe (reads, read)
5Answers People (walks, walk) House (has stood, have stood) Cattle (is running, are running)Result(is, are)Women (seems, seem)Children (sings, sing)To whisper (is, are)Phoebe (reads, read)
6The apartments across the street do not have balconies. The number of the subject usually is not determined by a word in a phrase or clause following the subject.The apartments across the street do not have balconies.Do have agrees with apartments, not street.The planes pulling up to the gate were purchased by a movie company.Were purchased agrees with planes, not gate. Eli, one of my friends, was late.Was agrees with Eli, not friends.The movie that I saw two weeks ago was reviewed in today’s paper.Was reviewed agrees with movie, not weeks.
7Words in phrasesAs well as, along with, together with, and in addition to are compound prepositions. Words in phrases beginning with compound prepositions do not affect the number of the subject or verb.Example: Anne, together with her cousins, is backpacking in Nevada.
8A negative construction following the subject does not change the number of the subject Carl, not Juan and I, (is doing, are doing) the artworkSingular subject: CarlSingular Verb: is doingBurt, not Anne and Laura, (has, have) borrowed the bicycle pump.Singular subject: BurtSingular Verb: has
9Practice These pictures (show, shows) how noodles are prepared. First, the noodle maker (roll, rolls) out the dough as thin as possible.ROLLSThen, the cook (slice, slices) the folded layers.SLICES
10Practice (cont.)Next, the strands of noodles (is, are) separated and dusted with flour to prevent sticking.AREAfter the noodles have dried a little, they (go, goes) into boiling water or broth to cook.GOThe Japanese (enjoy, enjoys) noodles made from either wheat flour, or buckwheat flour.ENJOY
11Practice (cont)A dish of cooked noodles mixed with sauce, broth, fish, or vegetables (makes, make) a popular lunch.MAKESNoodle shops all over Japan (serves, serve) a variety of noodle dishes.SERVEThese shops often (resemble, resembles) fast-food restaurants in the United States.RESEMBLE
12Identify the subject and choose the correct verb. A heaping basket of turnip greens (was, were) sitting on the counter.Subject : basketVerb: WasThe cost of two new snow tires (was, were) more than I had expected.Subject: costVerb: wasThe community college course on collecting stamps always (attracts, attract) many people.Subject: courseVerb: attracts