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Regular and Irregular Verbs and Subject Verb Agreement . See Lagan Chapter 26 and 27. Key Terms. Regular Verb: a basic verb that can be turned into past tense by adding “ d ” or “ ed ”

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Regular and Irregular Verbs and Subject Verb Agreement

See Lagan Chapter 26 and 27

Key Terms

  • Regular Verb: a basic verb that can be turned into past tense by adding “d” or “ed”

  • Irregular Verb: “a verb that has an irrecgular form in the past tense and past participle. For example choose becomes chose or chosen.

Principle Parts of Verbs

  • Present (I shout)

  • Past (I shouted)

  • Present Participle (I am shouting)

  • Past Participle (have been/has/had shouted)

Refer to Langan

  • Look at the box containing principle parts of regular verbs on page 493.

  • Read “Nonstandard Forms of Regular Verbs”

Present Tense Examples: Fix These

  • 1. My brother play guitar on the stage.

  • 2. Erin walk to school

  • 3. The family go to the farmer’s market.

  • 4. He buy pizza at Trader Joe’s.

  • 5. They never eats at Wendy’s.

Tricky Irregular Verbs

  • See Langanp. 495 for a complete list

  • Especially Tricky Ones:

    PresentPast Past Participle

    1. BeginBegan (had) Begun

    2. Eat AteEaten

    3. Break BrokeBroken

    4. ChooseChoseChosen

    5. Drink DrankDrunk

    6. Fight FoughtFought

More Tricky Irregular Verbs

  • 7. RideRode Ridden

  • 8. Swim Swam Swum

  • 9. Sing Sang Sung

  • 10. WriteWrote Written

Subject-Verb Agreement

  • Plural subjects have plural verbs, while singular subjects have singular verbs.

    T/F? This sentence is correct.

    “The crinkly lines around Joan’s mouth gives her a friendly look.”


  • How can we fix it?

  • The crinkly lines around Joan’s mouth give/gives her a friendly look.

A Little Grammar Vocab

  • Indefinite Pronoun: “a word that refers to people and things that are not named or are not specific. Many indefinite pronouns (such as one, nobody, nothing, and each) take a singular verb; others, such as both or few, take plural verbs

  • Nobody is hiding under your bed, honey.

  • Compound Subject: “two subjects separated by a joining word such as and. Compound subjects generally take a plural verb”

  • Witches and vampires live in the forest.

Ignore Words between Subject and Verb

  • The leaves on the tree are/is turning yellow.

  • The couch with stains all over it are/is old.

  • The cell phone on top of the pillows is/areabout tofall.

Be careful when verbs come before subjects

  • There are/is protesters on the street for the “Occupy Wallstreet” protest.

  • Where are/is that adorable jacket with the little buttons?

  • In the leaves are/is a bug.

Be careful when you have a compound subject

  • When you have a compound subject joined by and, the subjects usually take a plural verb

    • Lucy and Ethel goes/go to the Tropicana Club.

    • Batman and Robin fight/fights criminals.

  • When you have “either. . . or, neither . . . nor, not only. . . but also, the verb agrees with the subject closer to the verb”

    • Neither Fergie nor WillIAM is/are going to perform.

    • Either Hilary Clinton or Vice President Biden are/is planning to accompany President Obama.

Some Indefinite Pronouns Always Take the Singular Verb Tense

  • One, anyone, everyone, someone

  • Nobody, anybody, everybody, somebody

  • Nothing, anything, everything, something

  • Each, either, neither

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