Grammar Subject-Verb Agreement Practice

Sometimes modifiers come between a subject and its verb, but these modifiers should not confuse the match between the subject and his verb. You will find additional help for the agreement between themes in the Pluriurale section. In informal writing, neither take a plural verb, so these pronouns are followed by a prepositionphrase that begins with. This is especially true for interrogation constructions: « Did two clowns read the mission? » « You`re taking this seriously? » Burchfield calls it « a conflict between the fictitious agreement and the actual agreement. » The verbs in the contemporary form for third parties, the s-subjects (him, them, them and all that these words can represent) have s-endings. Other verbs do not add s-endings. 23. All CDs, even scratched, (are) in this case. Some indeterminate pronouns are particularly annoying Everyone and everyone (listed above, too) certainly feel like more than one person and therefore students are sometimes tempted to use a plural verb with them. But they`re still unique. Everyone often follows a prepositionphrase that ends with a majority word (each of the cars), which confuses the verb code. Similarly, everyone is always singular and requires a singular verb. On the other hand, there is an indeterminate pronoun, none that can be singular or plural; It doesn`t matter if you use a singular or a plural adverb, unless something else in the sentence determines its number. (Writers generally do not consider any to be meaningful and choose a plural verb as in « None of the engines work, » but if something else leads us to consider none as one, we want a singular verb, as in « None of the food is fresh. ») If your sentence unites a positive subject and a negative subject and is a plural, the other singular, the verb should correspond to the positive subject.

Don`t get confused by the word « students »; the subject is everyone and everyone is always singular Everyone is responsible. 9. The children and their mothers are missing. The names of sports teams that do not end in « s » take a plural verb: the Miami Heat have searched, the Connecticut Sun hopes that new talent . You`ll find help solving this problem in the plural section. 16. Eight dollars (is, is) the price of a movie these days. As a phrase like « Neither my brothers nor my father will sell the house » seems strange, it is probably a good idea to bring the plural subject closer to the verb whenever possible. Sentences as with, well, and with are not the same as and.

The phrase introduced by or together will change the previous word (in this case mayor), but it does not aggravate the subjects (as the word and would). The indeterminate pronouns of each, each, no, no, no one, are always singular and therefore require singular verbs. In these constructs (called explective constructs), the subject follows the verb, but still determines the number of verbs. 5. George and Tamara (no, no) want to see this film. 20. The Committee (debate, debate) has carefully addressed these issues. 15. Mathematics (is, are) John`s favorite subject, while Civics (is) Andreas the preferred subject. 22.

The Prime Minister, together with his wife, cordially greets the press. 10. Players, as well as the captain, (wants, wants) to win. 7. Students accompanied by their teacher had a picnic.