SUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENT. EVERY VERB MUST AGREE WITH ITS SUBJECT. Plural Subject. Singular Subject. Singular Verb. Plural Verb. The Stupidity of English Grammar. To make a noun plural, we add – s Singular: girl Plural: girl s To make a verb plural, we take away the – s .
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He/She/It walk s
Joe walk s
The girl walk s
Joe and Maria walk
The girls walkWatch the Verb Endings!
Generally, if the subject doesn’tend in –S, the verb will.
If the subject does end in –S, the verb won’t.
-S on verb
The girl dances.
The girls dance.
No –S on verb
(= They dance.)
No –S on verb
If there are two or more subjects joined by or, the verb agrees with the part of the subject closest to it.
Sometimes, several words come between the subject and the verb.
The subject can never be part of a prepositional phrase.
The students in my class study / studies hard.
Sometimes, the subject will come after the verb, in questions or when sentence begins with there.
Relative Pronouns (who/which/that) can be either singular or plural, depending on the word they refer to.