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Subject-Verb Agreement Special Victims Unit. Directions for Language Detectives: Subject-Verb Agreement Special Victims Unit. You have a case file consisting of examples of sentences having having subject-verb agreement and a few clues. Your job is to write a rule

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Subject-Verb Agreement Special Victims Unit


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Directions for Language Detectives:

Subject-Verb Agreement Special Victims Unit

You have a case file consisting of examples of sentences having

having subject-verb agreement and a few clues. Your job is to write a rule

that explains the subject-verb agreement for the case that you have been

given.

Suggestion for rule-writing:

If_______________________, then______________________.

You will be asked to explain your rule to the class.


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Subject-Verb Agreement Special Victims Unit

Case 1A: The case of the intervening prepositional phrase

Exhibit A: A box was on the table.

Exhibit B: Candy was on the table.

Exhibit C: Boxes were on the table.

Exhibit D: Candies were on the table.

Exhibit E: A box of candy was on the table.

Exhibit F: A box of candies was on the table.


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Subject-Verb Agreement Special Victims Unit

Case 1B: The case of the intervening prepositional phrase

Exhibit A: Some of the pizza was eaten.

Exhibit B: Some of the pizzas were eaten.

Exhibit C: None of the pizza was eaten.

Exhibit D: None of the pizzas were eaten.

Exhibit E: All of the pizza was eaten.

Exhibit F: All of the pizzas were eaten.

Exhibit G: Was any of the pizza eaten?

Exhibit H: Were any of the pizzas eaten?


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Subject-Verb Agreement Special Victims Unit

Case 2: The case of the compound subject

Exhibit A: The teacher and the students are planning a field trip.

The students and the teachers are planning a field trip.

Exhibit B: Either the teacher or the students enjoy field trips.

Either the students or the teacher enjoys field trips.

Either the students or the teachers enjoy field trips.

Either the student or the teacher enjoys field trips.

Exhibit C: Neither the students nor the administrationappreciates vandalism.

Neither the administration nor the students appreciate vandalism.

Exhibit D: The students, but not their teacher, need to rest after lunch.

The teacher, but not the students, needs to rest after lunch.


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Subject-Verb Agreement Special Victims Unit

Case 3: The case of there is/ there are; there was/there were

Exhibit A: There are three reasons for my decision.

Exhibit B: I don’t know how many reasons there are.

Exhibit C: There were no more excuses to consider.

Exhibit D: There is something we can do about this.

Exhibit E: There’s something we can do about this.

Exhibit F: There are several requirements for this job.


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Subject-Verb Agreement Special Victims Unit

Case 4: The case of the adjective clause (that, which, who)

Exhibit A: New voters are one of those groups that concern local politicians.

Exhibit B: New voters are a group that concerns local politicians.


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Subject-Verb Agreement Special Victims Unit

Case 5: A few singulars that look like plurals

Exhibit A: At this school, academics is stressed, but athletics is important as well.

Exhibit B: Mathematics is fun.

Exhibit C: Physics is her favorite subject.


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Subject-Verb Agreement Special Victims Unit

Case 1: The case of the intervening prepositional phrase

Exhibit A: Our principal, along with the teachers, has agreed to letting the students

vote on a new mascot.

Exibit B: One of my friends is graduatingearly.

Exibit C: The coach, along with the cheerleaders, likes practice to end at dusk.

Exibit D: Voters’ enthusiasm for this year’s candidates was responsible for the

record-high turnout.

Exibit E: Numerous reasons for the decline in consumer spending need to be

explained.


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