Grammar Troublespots. Agreement. subject-verb agreement Writing Center, University of Houston. About this Section. Each complete sentence should express a complete thought and have a Subject and a Verb. In this section you will learn more about:
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Each complete sentence should
In this section you will learn more about:
NOTE: Determining singular or plural endings can be confusing because an –sending on a noun indicates plural, whereas an –son a verb indicates singular.
Agreement in number occurs
(singular) Acid rain causes many troubles.
(plural) Acid rains cause many troubles.
Auxiliaries like will, would, can, could, shall, should, may, might,and must
(singular) The river mightfreeze.
(plural) The streamswill probablyfreezetoo.
Words like each, every, everyone, everybody, someone, somebody, something, anyone, anything, no one, nobody, nothing
(singular)Each student has to be in class on time.
When a sentence starts with There plus a form of be, the verb agrees with the head word of the phrase that follows the verb.
(singular)There isone bottle on the table.
(plural)There area lot of peoplein the room.
(pl.) My aunt and my sisters visitme every year.
(pl.)Either my aunt ormy sisters visitme every year.
(sg.)Neither my sisters normy aunt visits me every year.
When you write a relative clause beginning with who, which, or that,look for its referent – the word that who, which, or that refers to.
(sg.)The journalist who wants to interview you
works for a business magazine.
(pl.)The journalistswho want to interview you
work for a business magazine.
Attention! One of is followed by a plural noun and a singular verb, agreeing with the head of word one.
(sg.)One of her friends likes to swim.
Quantity words like some, most, any, all,andnone are used in the following pattern:
(pl.) Most of the students are fond of sports.
(sg.) Most of furniture is very old.
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