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What it is… Subject-verb agreement means: If the subject is plural, then the verb needs to be plural If the subject is singular, then the verb needs to be singular
Singular subjects take singular verbs He / washes the dishes A girl in my neighborhood / plays in the band.
Plural subjects take plural verbs They / have been washing the dishes Several girls in my neighborhood / were playing in the band.
Compound subjects: 2 or more subjects having the same verb My pen pal and best friend / are my cousin Broccoli and melted cheese / make a tasty dish. Subjects joined by and take a plural verb
Neither the coach nor the principal / is happy with the team’s performance. Either the boys or their sisters / take the garbage out. Subjects joined by or or nor take singular verbs
When a singular subject and a plural subject are joined by or or nor, the verb agrees with the subject nearer the verb. Neither the children or their mother / was ready for the trip. Neither the mother or her children / were ready for the trip.
Cheat Sheet 1. A singular subject will need a verb that ends with “s” 2. A plural subject will need a verb that does NOT end with “s”
Practice You (come, comes) with me. The girl and her friends (talk, talks) frequently. Neither the spices nor the pepper plant (grows, grow) well here. Usually the beginning speech (last, lasts) ten minutes. The leader with his followers (have, has) the power to influence many people. Out of the jungle (step, steps) three lions. The committee (are, is) disagreeing on the procedure. Few of them (were, was) interested in our project. Civics (is, are) taught in eighth grade. Everyone (need, needs) some attention sometime.