Subject Verb Agreement Funny Examples

If there are two topics in a sentence bound by "and," use a plural verb. If the two subjects are related by "or" or "nor," use a singular verb. We have addressed this issue, but some sentences with indefinite pronouns as subjects are particularly difficult. Like this: While errors with the subject/verb chord in spoken English can apparently slip without repetition, they can be a big problem when writing. Please don`t write like my two-year-old is talking! It only takes a few more seconds to make sure your sentence "works" from a grammatical point of view. If you have some fun examples of problems agreeing, or if you have a real toughie that needs the attention of a professional, please comment below! Sometimes writers are so hard at adding descriptive information to their sentences that they forget if the subject was singular or plural when they reach the verb. Keep in mind that the verb should correspond to the subject rather than the descriptive clause that was inserted into the sentence. Expand teaching to another time by allowing students to find phrases in newspapers and magazines and draw their own illustrations of themes and verbs. Students can also find sentences and then highlight the subjects and verbs to determine if they agree. Ok, this post is already too long, and I have a couple of extra-tricky verb topics to cover okay situations, so I think there`s a part 4! Some names end in s, but are not plural.

Messages are an example; Others include academic subjects such as economics, social sciences, mathematics and physics. Treat them like a singular name: it doesn`t look good, does it? But that`s technically correct. This sentence is reversed with a compound subject. If God was the subject, the verb belonged to the singular. But God is here the object of the preposition and therefore not the object of the sentence. The theme is recomposed: wisdom, honor, power and strength. Turn this sentence and you will see: wisdom, honor, power and strength belong to our God. As I dealt with in the first part, the subjects and their preachers must agree in numbers. This means that singular subjects need singular verbs and plural subjects. Here we have a composite subject where the two subjects are indefinite pronouns, followed by preposition sentences. At first glance, this may not be true, because you could say that everyone in the class is invited to the party.

But the theme of the verb is/are invited here is composed: everyone and everyone. And since the conjunction and combines them, it is not important that the second half of the subject is unique. Together they form a plural, so that the pluralistic verb is necessary. I intended to address the issue of agreement between the subjects and the verb in only two interventions, but since then I have encountered a few sentences that raise problems of unification that I have not yet addressed.