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Subject-Verb Agreement. Basic Rule. Singular subjects need singular verbs . Plural subjects need plural verbs . . These create problems:. Pronouns such as everyone and everybody seem plural, but they are always singular — so they need a singular verb.

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Basic rule
Basic Rule

  • Singular subjects need singular verbs.

  • Plural subjects need plural verbs.


These create problems
These create problems:

  • Pronouns such as everyone and everybody seem plural, but they are always singular — so they need a singular verb.

1. Everyone who worked on the science project is a winner.

2. Someonehas to answer the phone.


These create problems1
These create problems:

  • Phrases that come between the subject pronoun and its verb —may contain plural words and confuse.

Each of the basketball players is excited about tonight’s game.


These create problems2
These create problems:

  • Verbs that accompany pronouns such as all and some will be determined by whether the pronoun is referring to something that is COUNTABLE or not.

1. Some of the workers on the building have left for the day.

You could count

the workers.


These create problems3
These create problems:

  • Verbs that accompany pronouns such as all and some will be determined by whether the pronoun is referring to something that is COUNTABLE or not.

1. Some of the salt was spilled on the floor.

Salt is considered

one lump item.


These create problems4
These create problems:

  • None is usually regarded as singular, but it can be used as a plural pronoun.

None of the boys has helped at the game.

OR

None of the boys have helped at the game.

Either is correct!


These create problems5
These create problems:

Phrases such as togetherwith, along with, and as well as seem to combine subjects, but they do not .

Some of the tile in our room, as well as the hall, was soaked.

The major problem we had, together with that of our teacher, was tardiness.

Don’t be fooled

by extra phrases!


These create problems6
These create problems:

When either and neither appear as a subject alone (without the words or and nor), they are singular.

1. Either of those answers seems to be right.

2. You can have the bed by the window or the one by the door. Eitheris okay with me.

Seems like plural

things!


These create problems7
These create problems:

The words there and here are never subjects.

  • Here are the papers you gave me.

  • Here is my answer.

Here is not

the subject.


These create problems8
These create problems:

Verbs in the present tense for third-person, singular subjects (he, she, it and anything those words can stand for) have s-endings. Other verbs do not add s-endings.

  • Heasks for help.

  • She asks for help.

  • They ask for help.

Tricky subject

pronouns


Let s try these
Let’s Try These!

Directions: If the subject and verb are in agreement click "correct." If they are not, click the word that is the correct answer.

Ready?


Bill am going to the store
Bill am going to the store.

  • correct

  • is

  • was

  • were

  • does


Oh no

Oh No!

The subject and verb are not in agreement.

Click HERE to

try again.


Correct

CORRECT!

The subject and verb are in agreement.

Click HERE to

move forward.



Oh no1

Oh No!

The subject and verb are not in agreement.

Click HERE to

try again.


Correct1

CORRECT!

The subject and verb are in agreement.

Click HERE to

move forward.



Oh no2

Oh No!

The subject and verb are not in agreement.

Click HERE to

try again.


Correct2

CORRECT!

The subject and verb are in agreement.

Click HERE to

moveforward.



Oh no3

Oh No!

The subject and verb are not in agreement.

Click HERE to

try again.


Correct3

CORRECT!

The subject and verb are in agreement.

Click HERE to

moveforward.


This is a fun book to read
This is a fun book to read.

  • correct

  • was

  • were

  • am

  • does


Oh no4

Oh No!

The subject and verb are not in agreement.

Click HERE to

try again.


Correct4

CORRECT!

The subject and verb are in agreement.

Click HERE to

move forward.


One time i were at the mountains
One time I were at the mountains.

  • correct

  • was

  • is

  • am

  • does


Oh no5

Oh No!

The subject and verb are not in agreement.

Click HERE to

try again.


Correct5

CORRECT!

The subject and verb are in agreement.

Click HERE to

move forward.


Everyone are going to the circus
Everyone are going to the circus.

  • correct

  • were

  • was

  • is

  • does


Oh no6

Oh No!

The subject and verb are not in agreement.

Click HERE to

try again.


Correct6

CORRECT!

The subject and verb are in agreement.

Click HERE to

move forward.



Oh no7

Oh No!

The subject and verb are not in agreement.

Click HERE to

try again.


Correct7

CORRECT!

The subject and verb are in agreement.

Click HERE to

move forward.


None of those girls go to church
None of those girls go to church.

  • correct

  • goes

  • are

  • were

  • does


Oh no8

Oh No!

The subject and verb are not in agreement.

Click HERE to

try again.


Correct8

CORRECT!

The subject and verb are in agreement.

Click HERE to

move forward.



Oh no9

Oh No! was fiction.

The subject and verb are not in agreement.

Click HERE to

try again.


Correct9

CORRECT! was fiction.

The subject and verb are in agreement.

Click HERE to

move forward.


Try these online verb games
Try these online verb games was fiction.

Cats Game

Subject-Verb Quiz 1

Subject-Verb Quiz 2

Subject-Verb Quiz 3

Subject-Verb Quiz 4

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