Subject-Verb Agreement. Professor Jean Garrett Mt. San Antonio College Walnut, California. Subject-Verb Agreement. The basic principle of subject-verb agreement is: if the subject of a sentence is singular, the verb should be singular. The boy walks to school every day.
Professor Jean Garrett
Mt. San Antonio College
The basic principle of subject-verb agreement is:
Negative phrase follows a positive subject
Sentences beginning with “Here” or “There”
Sentences beginning with prepositional phrases
Most indefinite pronouns are singular.
The indefinite pronouns all, any, none, and some do not clearly express either a singular or plural number. Agreement, therefore, depends on the meaning of the sentence.
If the parts of a compound subject mean one and the same person or thing, the verb is singular; if the parts mean more than one, the verb is plural.
When “each” or “every” modifies singular subjects joined by “and,” the verb is singular.
If the subjects are both singular, the verb is singular.
If the subjects are plural, the verb is plural.
However, if one of the subjects is singular and the other subject is plural, the verb agrees with the nearer subject.
[In this sentence, the individuals are acting not as a unit but separately.]
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