Explain subject-verb agreement
Explain how to avoid common errors with compound subjects, misleading phrases between the subject and verb, words such as everybody, neither, someone, etc., collective nouns, misleading singular nouns such as dollars, news, etc.
This packet should help a learner seeking to understand English grammar and who has made mistakes with subject-verb agreement. It will explain common errors with subject-verb agreement and how to correct them.
In any complete English sentence, there must be a subject and a verb.
Subject-verb agreement, then, is all about numbers. Does the verb form chosen match up with the number of things in the subject?
This being English, there are of course many exceptions to the rule. However, two in particular are quite common.
E.g. John and Todd are downstairs. The word "and" joins the two subjects, so we use the plural form of the verb.
Either John or Todd is downstairs. "Todd" is closest to the verb, so the verb agrees with the singular "Todd."
Either John or the twins are downstairs. "The twins is closest to the verb, so the verb agrees with the plural "the twins."
While there are additional exceptions, this covers the basics. Following these steps will help ensure that you always have subject-verb agreement.
Source: Dan Reade
Any complete English sentence must contain both a subject and a verb, so making sure that the subject and the verb agree with each other is critical. The video below provides a basic definition of subject-verb agreement. It also explains several more complicated instances of subject-verb agreement.
English as a language is known for its complex rules. Subject-verb agreement is no exception. The slideshow below will help will the writer through some of the most common sources of subject verb agreement.
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Subject-verb agreement is one of the most basic parts of English, yet it contains all sorts of pitfalls for the writer. Reviewing the materials above will help you more fully understand subject-verb agreement and avoid many of the common mistakes that can occur in writing.
Source: Dan Reade