CSSC. Communications Student Support Center. Subject-Verb Agreement. Tell me:. …what Subject-Verb Agreement is. … what the rules are. …how to deal with pronouns. …the “What-ifs”. For more help…. What Is Subject-Verb Agreement?.
Example: The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
— Albert Camus, French writer, philosopher, and founder of existentialism
The purpose is a singular subject, therefore, it requires a singular verb-- is.
—Philip K. Dick, American science fiction writer, author of A Scanner Darkly
—Anne Lamott, novelist and nonfiction writer, author of Bird by Bird.
—Terry Pratchett, English fantasy author