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Subject/ verb agreement and verb tenses . By: Cierra Y. , John C., Linda R. . Subject agreement . Define: Matching the verbs and subjects according to how they are presented in the sentence. They could be shown in either singular or plural form. Subject agreement singular.

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Subject verb agreement and verb tenses

Subject/ verb agreement and verb tenses

By: Cierra Y. , John C., Linda R.


Subject agreement
Subject agreement

  • Define:

    • Matching the verbs and subjects according to how they are presented in the sentence.

    • They could be shown in either singular or plural form.


Subject agreement singular
Subject agreement singular

Singular subject--he, she, it (pronouns)--should be substituted with singular nouns.

  • For example: the studentsings (she or she sings)

    most of the time your noun will be on the left side of the verb. This helps you identify the subject in the sentence. But it varies.


Subject agreement plurals
Subject agreement plurals

Plurals forms occurs when you are talking about more than one subject.

  • Such as student (singular) and students (plural)

    child (singular) and children (plural)


Regular verbs
Regular Verbs

  • They can be easily changed to present and past by adding or taking away the “ed” at the end of the word.

  • For example:

    Walk (present) can be changed to walked (past)

    But not all verbs are as easy to spot…


Irregular verbs
Irregular verbs

  • Aren’t that easy to change.

    You have to change the whole word

    Such as:

    saw (past) and see (present)

    They are ir regular because they do not take an “ed” ending in the past tense, as regular verbs do.


Verb tense
Verb tense

  • Control the shift in verb tense, or the time-frame in which actions take place.

  • Non-narrative writing should employ verb tenses consistently and clearly.


For example
For example

  • The ocean contains rich minerals that washed down the rivers and steams.

    Notice that there are two different verb tenses in this sentence (present and past), but that it is an accurate time frame for both actions.

  • Shannon walk to the store, but she ran down the asiles.

    In this case two different verb tenses cause confusion.


Work cited page
Work cited page

  • Maggie, Escalas. "Literacy Education Online." Leo. 05 Oct. 1999. 26 Jun 2007 <

    http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/grammar/subverag.html >

  • "English Basics." RHL School. 12 Oct. 1999. 26 June 2007 < www.rhlschool.com/emg4n6.htm >.

  • "OWL." Online Writing Lab. 2004. Purdue University. 28 Jun 2007 <http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/grammar/g_tensec.html >.


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