Agreement is about singulars VERBS going with singular nouns and plural verbs going with plural verbs Singular • I walk - I am • You walk – You are • He/She/It walks – He/she/it is Plural • We walk – we are • You walk – you are • They walk – they are
IT’S TOO EASY!!!! Susan ………. a walk every morning before work. takes? take? Ice cream shops …… most of their business in summer. do? does?
Hardship One: Prepositional phrase between subject and verb • Members of the softball team ….. every afternoon. Practice? Practices? • The color of the draperies…. the stripe woven into the sofa. Match? Matches? • The hands on the clock … to have stopped. Seem? Seems? Practice 4. p. 316
Hardship TWO: INDEFINITE PRONOUNS Each, either, neither, anybody, anyone, everyone, someone, no one, anything, everything, nothing, something, one Neither of the swimmers … prepared to lose. was? were? Something on the bottom of my shoes … them stick to the floor. makes? make? Practice 5 p.317 List: p. 316
Hardship THREE: SUBJECT FOLLOWS THE VERB Nestled in the little valley … a cluster of little houses. was? were? There … no more tissues left in the box. is? are? Practice 6 p.318
Hardship FOUr: Compound subjects Tina and her brother …. scheduled to arrive today. is? are? A good book and a warm fire … all I need on a cold winter night. is? are? Practice 7 p.319
The royal Hardship FOUr: Compound subjects with either or neither nor Either the cat or the dog was locked out on the night of the murder. Either the cats or the dogs were locked out on the night of the murder. Either the cats or the dog was locked out on the night of the murder. Either the dog or the cats were locked out on the night of the murder. Practice 8 p.321