uwf writing lab rules of thumb for subject verb agreement l.
Download
Skip this Video
Loading SlideShow in 5 Seconds..
UWF Writing Lab Rules of Thumb for SUBJECT/VERB AGREEMENT PowerPoint Presentation
Download Presentation
UWF Writing Lab Rules of Thumb for SUBJECT/VERB AGREEMENT

Loading in 2 Seconds...

play fullscreen
1 / 9

UWF Writing Lab Rules of Thumb for SUBJECT/VERB AGREEMENT - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • 260 Views
  • Uploaded on

UWF Writing Lab Rules of Thumb for SUBJECT/VERB AGREEMENT . from Real Good Grammar, Too by Mamie Webb Hixon. Rule 1. Use a verb ending in –s if your subject is a he, she, or it. Singular subjects include, but are not limited to, these: Singular nouns:

loader
I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
capcha
Download Presentation

PowerPoint Slideshow about 'UWF Writing Lab Rules of Thumb for SUBJECT/VERB AGREEMENT' - Olivia


An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Presentation Transcript
uwf writing lab rules of thumb for subject verb agreement

UWF Writing Lab Rules of Thumb for SUBJECT/VERB AGREEMENT

from

Real Good Grammar, Too

by Mamie Webb Hixon

Created by April Turner

rule 1
Rule 1
  • Use a verb ending in –s if your subject is a he, she, or it.
  • Singular subjects include, but are not limited to, these:
    • Singular nouns:
      • A list of phone numbers is available.
      • A major problemis smokers.
    • Singular indefinite pronouns:
      • Each of us has a key.
    • Subjects preceded by each, every, or many a:
      • Every Tom, Dick, and Harriethas an opinion.
singular subjects cont
Singular Subjects, cont.
  • Subjects preceded by the number of:
    • The number of students attending college is very high.
  • Titles/names of companies, books, plays, movies, etc.:
    • The Centers for Disease Controlis in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Gerunds:
    • Recycling telephone directorieshelps save landfill space each year.
  • Relative pronouns referring to singular antecedents:
    • Ora is the only one in the group whosmokes.
  • Subjects joined by or, nor, either…or, or neither…nor:
    • Neither the players nor the coachwas present.
rule 2
Rule 2
  • Use a verb that does not end in –s if your subject is a they.
  • Plural subjects include, but are not limited to, these:
    • Subjects joined by or, nor, either…or, or neither…nor:
      • Neither the coach nor the playerswere present.
    • Plural indefinite pronouns:
      • Both of us have a key.
plural subjects cont
Plural Subjects, cont.
  • Plural nouns:
    • The scissorsare lying on the desk.
  • Subjects preceded by a number of:
    • A number of studentsare majoring in law.
  • Relative pronouns referring to plural antecedents:
    • He is one of the millions of peoplewhosmoke.
rule 3
Rule 3
  • Ignore prepositional phrases:
    • A listof phone numbersis available.
  • Ignore there and here at the beginning of a sentence:
    • Thereare three books on the censored list.
  • Ignore appositives:
    • Theyeachhave a ticket.
  • Ignore words synonymous with the subject:
    • Clothesare her passion. Her passionisclothes.
rule 4
Rule 4
  • Some subjects may be singular or plural depending on the meaning of the subject.
    • Some of the food is cold.
    • Some of the vegetables are cold.
    • The castwas congratulated.
    • The castwere practicing their lines.
    • Fifteen minutesis a long time.
    • Fifteen minutesremain.
    • Statisticsis a difficult course.
    • Divorce statisticsare alarmingly high.
let s practice
Let’s Practice!!!
  • The sheriff along with two of her deputies (were, was) checking licenses at the North Road exit.
  • WAS
  • Some of the lots in our subdivision (was, were) not for sale.
  • WERE
  • Here (is, are) the transistors and diodes that you purchased for your repair shop.
  • ARE
  • Genetics (is, are) very difficult for beginning students to understand.
  • IS
more practice
More Practice!!!
  • The number of girls in my football club (was, were) surprising.
  • WAS
  • A number of the swimmers (is, are) going to the state competition.
  • ARE
  • There (is, are) some error messages showing up in my program.
  • ARE
  • Neither Betty nor Jane (type, types) more than fifty words per minute.
  • TYPES