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The subject and verb must be agree in number: both must be singular, or both must be Plural. A singular subject demands a singular verb and a plural subject.

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2 The subject and verb must be agree in number: both must be singular, or both must be Plural. A singular subject demands a singular verb and a plural subject demands a plural verb.

3 What are verbs and subjects? jump, swim, read, walk and sleep. VERBS are action words. They walk to work; The cat sleeps; Hind talks a lot. Subjects are the person or thing who are doing the action of the verb. The subject of can be Singular (one) or Plural (many). e.g. The mobile is sold. (singular) The mobiles are sold. (plural)

4 E.g. The bus park (singular subject) was (verb) full. The bus parks (plural subject) were (verb) full. The verb form can change depending on whether the subject is Singular or Plural. Notes: The verb must always agree with its subject. singular subject = single verb, plural subject = plural verb.

5 SingularPlural First personI like mango. We like mango. Second personYou like mango. Third person(he/she/it) likes mango. They like mango.

6 E.g. Saeed live in Al Ain (incorrect) Saeed lives in Al Ain (correct) E.g. He were in London before that (incorrect) He was in London before that (correct) E.g. She like to cycle to work (incorrect) She likes to cycle to work (correct) s is added to the third person singular. This is the way most regular verbs in the present tense work.

7 E.g. Either Miss Fatima or Rodah writes on the paper. E.g. Either the teacher or the students write on the paper. o This also applies to not only...but also. E.g. Not only Hanan but also Maitha wants to visit Emirates mall. E.g. Not only Hanan but also all of the School want to visit Emirates mall.

8 The word number is action with the word a it should use plural verb: A number of children are waiting to see you. The word number is action with the word the it should use singular verb: The number of stairs in the sky seems countless.

9 Singular verbPlural verb Notes: some of + Singular Noun + Singular Verb Some of + Plural Noun + Plural Verb Some of the magazine is good. Some of the magazines are good. Exceptions: one of, each of, and every one of take singular verbs. + Plural Noun + Singular Verb + Plural Noun + Singular Verb 1. One of my cousins is here. 2. each of my cousins is here. 3. one of my cousins is here. every one each of one of every one each of one of

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11 Select the correct from of the verb in the sentence: Q1 : Some students is/are/am very good at English. Answer : Some students are very good at English. Q2 : There is/are/am eight sides to every projects. Answer : There are eight sides to every projects. Q3 : 8,980 feet is/are/am a mile. Answer: 8,980 feet is a mile. Q4 : Either Heather or I go/goes. Answer : Either Heather or I go. Q5: Everyone is/are/am here for you. All of them is/are/am waiting to listen to your story. Answer: Everyone is here for you. All of them are waiting to listen to your story.

12 Q6 : A large number of countries is/are/am members of the United Nations. Answer : A large number of countries are members of the United Nations. Q7 : Not only the conditioners but also the team's head coach was/were shocked to be in the competition game. Answer : Not only the conditioners but also the team's head coach was shocked to be in the competition game. Q8 : five dollars is/are/am a nice raise. I need more money. Answer : five dollars is a nice raise. I need more money. Q9 : Either the bus driver or the car rider is/are/am responsible for the accident. Answer : Either the bus driver or the car rider is responsible for the accident. Q10 : Rice is/are/am a common food all over the world. It is/are/am very cheap. Two bags of rice cost/costs only £7. Answer : Rice is a common food all over the world. It is very cheap. Two bags of rice cost only £7.

13 Book: Focud on Grammar an integrated skills approach, third edition, Marjorie Fuchs and Margaret Bonner Focud on Grammar an integrated skills approach, third edition, Marjorie Fuchs and Margaret Bonner Grammar is great 2, Peta L Nelson Internet: actsheet.shtml actsheet.shtml


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