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SUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENT. Plurals in English Grammar To make a noun plural, we add –s Singular: girl Plural: girls To make a verb plural, we take away the.

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1 SUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENT

2 Plurals in English Grammar To make a noun plural, we add –s Singular: girl Plural: girls To make a verb plural, we take away the –s. Singular: he talks Plural: they talk

3 Watch the Verb Endings! Singular I walk You walk He/She/It walk s Joe walk s The girl walk s Plural We walk You walk They walk Joe and Maria walk The girls walk

4 Remember there are irregular verbs: DO SingularPlural He doesThey do HAVE She has They have BE He is They are She wasThey were

5 Tip for Subject/verb Agreement Generally, if the subject doesnt end in –S, the verb will. If the subject does end in –S, the verb wont.

6 The girl dances. No –S on subject -S on verb

7 The girls dance. -S on subject No –S on verb

8 Multiple subjects joined by and If there are two or more subjects joined by and, the subject must be plural, so the verb will not get an s. Example The boy and the girl dance. (= They dance.) No –S on verb

9 Multiple subjects joined by or If there are two or more subjects joined by or, the verb agrees with the part of the subject closest to it. Examples: The professor or the students walk the halls. The students or the professor walks the halls.

10 Indefinite Pronouns Some indefinite pronouns are always singular. Here are some examples: anybody, anyone, everyone, someone, no one, nobody, each, neither, either. Others can be either singular or plural (all, some) Everybody loves grammar! Some people love grammar.

11 Relative Pronouns Relative Pronouns (who/which/that) can be either singular or plural, depending on the word they refer to. The student who works hard will succeed. The students who work hard will succeed.

12 Helpful hints Sometimes, several words come between the subject and the verb. Just take out the phrase in the middle to see whether or not the subject and verb agree. The student, though she had lots of problems in other schools, finds/find (?) her new class easy. The student, though she had lots of problems in other schools, finds her new class easy. The student finds her new class easy.

13 Prepositional phrases The subject can never be part of a prepositional phrase. Example The students in my class study / studies hard. X

14 In the sentences below, do the subjects & verbs agree? They goes to the gym after class to work out. Harry and his friends wants to see the new movie coming out this weekend. The cat who is meowing at my door wants in. Neither the cat nor the dogs likes the new food. The mayor as well as his brothers are going to jail. Nobody wants to dance. The paper or the ruler are in the desk.


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