Presentation on theme: "Mrs. Stinnett English II. singular A word that refers to one person, place, thing, or idea is singular in number. plural A word that refers to more."— Presentation transcript:
singular A word that refers to one person, place, thing, or idea is singular in number. plural A word that refers to more than one is plural in number. In general, nouns ending in –s are plural, and verbs ending in –s are singular.
SINGULAR PLURAL sandwich sandwiches she they family families makes make goes go is are
A verb should agree in number with its subject. EX: Spike Lee is a talented movie director. EX: His films are noteworthy.
The number of a subject usually is NOT determined by a word in a phrase or clause following the subject. EX: The actors in Lee’s films are rehearsing a scene. EX: Lee, not one of the acting coaches, has been advising them.
Indefinite pronouns can act as the subject in a sentence. Remember that some indefinite pronouns can be singular, plural, or either depending on the context of the sentence. EX: No one knows the answer. EX: Most of the article is interesting.
and Subjects joined by and generally take a plural verb. EX: Peru and Chile are South American countries. EX: Students and teachers report to the auditorium.
ornor Singular subjects joined by or or nor take a singular verb. EX: Neither the president nor the vice president is at the press conference. ornor Plural subjects joined by or or nor take a plural verb. EX: Either bobcats or wild boars appear in the new documentary.
ornor When a singular subject and a plural subject are joined by or or nor, the verb agrees with the subject that is nearer to the verb. EX: Either pizza or sandwiches are served at the study group. EX: Either sandwiches or pizza is served at the study group.