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Take a look at the following resources for the subject/verb agreement. As usual, Capital Community College offers some excellent information. You will also receive three online quizs, with clues and answers, all free. A singular subject requires a singular form of verb, while a plural subject requires a plural form. The verb-subject agreement is in principle simple, but not always easy to speak and write. As a useful verb: The rules of the subject-verb chord also apply when the verb “sound” is used as a helping verb, as in “run” or “has been cooked.” “The Robertson Company” is the theme of the verb “to have”; It`s singular and third person. Therefore, the correct form should be: “The Robertson Company has a legitimate complaint about the shingle rules that have just been adopted.” Error: Robertson Company has a legitimate complaint about the shingle rules that have just been adopted. Error: Mrs. Adams and Margaret were standing next to the station when the sheriff arrived. Note: The only delicate form is the 3rd singular person, “do.” Any other form is “do” or “did.” The different forms of the verb “being” are listed below. “Mrs.
Adams and Margaret” is the theme of the verb “being.” The subject is more than one (plural), so should be the right form.” Mrs. Adams and Margaret were standing next to the station when the sheriff arrived. “Karina and Mary” is the theme of the verb “to have”; It`s plural and in the third person. Therefore, the right form should be: “If Karina and Mary have time, they would like to go to Greece. In particular, three verbs often confuse students: being, having and doing. Each sentence has a subject and a verb. You have to agree. Error: Yesenia and Jorge take care of The Elk`s Lodge in Peoria. The material is short, but clear, and it is presented as a painting. The OWL offers clear guidelines and many examples. The subjects are green, the verbs are red. This color coding helps readers easily focus on the important elements of the examples.
“Eleven students” is the theme of the verb “being.” The subject is more than one (plural), so the good form should be “As 11 students are always late for teaching, the principal decided to eliminate the week of ghosts.” “Yesenia and Jorge” is the theme of the verb “to do”; It`s the third person and the plural. Therefore, the good form should be “Yesenia and Jorge are catering for the Elk Lodge in Peoria.” Error: if Karina and Marie have time, they would like to go to Greece. The third person is a little more interesting. It can be “him,” “she,” “she” or “she.” But it can also be “Mr. Jones” or “Annabelle.” It could be “Mohammad” or “Karina.” It could be “The Coca-Cola Company” or “The players.” The third person refers to the man or the thing on which it is written (if not “I” or “I”). Error: 11 students are still late for classes, so the principal decided to eliminate Ghost Week.