Subject and Verb Agreement. What is a Subject? What is a Verb?. When you write a sentence, you write about a noun or pronoun (a person, place, thing, or idea) – that’s the subject ! The dog ate the book. Then you write what the subject does or is – that’s the verb !
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There and here are not subjects! They simply point to something!
One turtlewalks. Three turtles walk.
The babycries. The babies cry.
One childplays. Many childrenplay.
This puzzleis difficult. These puzzlesare difficult.
Iam amazed. Youare amazed.
Hewas sleeping. Theywere sleeping.
As long as the word ends in “one” or “body” it is singular because one is speaking about and individual “one” or individual “body”.
Someone feeds my dog in the morning.
Everybody was at the party.
Each does her own homework.
Remember: prepositional phrases (begin with prepositions) often come between subjects and verbs. You should ignore these interrupting phrases, or you may mistake the wrong word for the subject and use a verb form that doesn’t agree.
Someonefrom the apartmentfeeds my dog in the morning.
Everybodyon the listof celebritieswasat the party.
Practice…Identify the Subject and correct verb. Underline the Subject, Circle the Verb. Identify the S&V as plural or Singular. P=Plural, S=Singular