Confusing Subject Verb Agreement Exercises

The most fundamental situation in which it is an agreement between the subject and the word is a clause with a concrete noun that acts as a subject. For a singular subject, use the form of verb with the suffix -s or -es: In all these sentences, the current forms of having, making and serving as helping verbs and appear before their subjects. Another case where a form of verb comes before the subject is in sentences beginning with the words there or here: 1. Group nouns can be considered a unit and therefore take a singular verb. During this English lesson, you will learn some more advanced cases of subject-verb tuning that confuse many learners. Note that in one of the sentences above, the verb acts as a useful verb. In complex verb constructs, helping verbs follow the same rules of the subject-verb chord as simple verbs: Make sure your students are clear that these subjects are unique, especially in the case of each and every one. Although they refer to a group of people (a bit like the collective nouns we will discuss below), they are singularly and must adopt a singular verb. Sometimes names take strange forms and can fool us to think that they are plural if they are truly singular and vice versa. You`ll find more help in the section on plural forms of nouns and in the section on collective nouns. Words such as glasses, pants, pliers and scissors are considered plural (and require plural verbs), unless they are followed by the pair of sentences (in this case, the pair of words becomes subject). So far, we have worked on compound subjects, the elements of which are either singular or plural. The rest of this teaching unit examines the reference convention problems that may result from the placement of words in sentences.

There are four main problems: prepositional sentences, clauses that start with who, this, or who, sentences that start here or there, and questions. In its current form, a verb must correspond in large numbers to its subject. This is the fundamental principle of the verb-subject agreement. This is a simple rule, but in some cases even experienced authors can slip on it. Practice: Let your students roll their luck with this fun review of the specialized verb arrangement with irregular plural names.