SUBJECT AND VERB AGREEMENT What Is Subject and Verb Agreement? • Whether a word is singular or plural is called its number. In a sentence, the subject and the verb must agree in number. Singular subject = singular verb Plural subject = plural verb • The subject of a sentence is not found in the prepositional phrase. The coach, along with the soccer players, is celebrating. The subject of the sentence is coach, not soccer players, so the subject is singular. • Compound subjects contain more than one noun or pronoun. When compound subjects are joined by the word and, the verb will be plural. When compound subjects are joined by the words or or nor, the verb agrees with the subject nearer to the verb. • Indefinite pronouns, like everybody and many, can be singular or plural. Examples: • The apple trees blossom during the springtime. • My sister, in addition to both of my brothers, is here. • Many flowers in the park are pink. • Math and science are my favorite subjects. • Either my sisters or Mom has your baseball glove. • The seventh graders in my class enjoy roller-skating parties. Try This! 1] One of my classmates _____ moving. a] have been b] are c] is d] were 2] Tomatoes and lettuce, along with meat, are needed to make tacos. a] true b] false 3] Both of the hamsters are friendly. a] true b] false © Copyright NewPath Learning. All Rights Reserved. Permission is granted for the purchaser to print copies for non-commercial educational purposes only. Visit us at www.NewPathLearning.com.
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