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Agreement

    Dr. Otto
In this Tutorial, I bring together a number of things we have learned about sentences. I have to do this because the subject and verb in a sentence have to ‘work together’.
YouTube Tutorial – click HERE
Text for Tutorial  – click HERE
Notes – scroll down to Sample
Assignment – scroll down to Assignment
Answer Key – scroll down to Answer Key
Practice oral English – click HERE
ASK DR. OTTO – click HERE

Notes

 

There must be agreement in number between the subject (noun or pronoun) and the predicate (verb) of a sentence. For example, when the subject is singular the verb must also be singular. When the subject is plural, the verb must be plural. When the subject is in the first person, the verb must be in first person. When the subject is second or third person the verb must agree.

 

Rule 1: When the subject is singular, the verb must also be singular.

  • I know the way to school. (subject ‘I’ is first person singular; verb ‘know ’is singular.)
  • You know the way to school. (subject ‘You’ is second person singular; verb ‘know ’is singular.)
  • She knows her way to school. (subject ‘She’ is third person singular; verb ‘knows ’is third person singular.)

Rule 2: when the subject is plural, the verb must be plural.

  • We go home for lunch most days. (subject ‘We’ is first person plural; verb ‘go’ is plural.)
  • You go to school on the bus. (subject ‘you’ is second person plural; verb ‘go’ is plural.)
  • The boys go to school all year. (subject ‘boys’ is third person plural; verb ‘go’ is plural.)

Assignment

Underline the correct verb in brackets.

  1. The dog (chases chase) a cat up the tree.
  2. Anne (play played) in the band last year.
  3. I (solve solves) problems every day.
  4. The women (were was) late for work yesterday.
  5. Anne (write writes) letters to her friends.
  6. John (frighten frightens) me with his scary costume.
  7. The trees (lose loses) their leaves in fall.
  8. John (catch catches) the early bus every morning.
  9. The children (eat eats) birthday cake with chocolate icing.

10.  The swimmers (race races) every Wednesday morning.

11.  The pilot (flies fly) the plane through violent storms.

12.  Some children (wears wear) uniforms to school.

13.  They (reads read) three novels every term.

14.  The bell (ring rang) loudly yesterday.

15.  Does a baby (walk walked) before he talks?

16.  Bill often (climb climbs) the tree to rescue his cat.

17.  The horse (gallop gallops) around the ring.

18.  Did dinosaurs (lived live) millions of years ago?

19.  We (travel travels) to Europe every summer.

20.  My family (hiked hikes) in the mountains most weekends when I was young.

Answer Key

Subject/Verb Agreement

1. The dog (chases chase) a cat up the tree.

2. Anne (play played) in the band l year.

3. I (solve solves) problems every day.

4. The women (were was) late for work yesterday.

5. Anne (write writes) letters to her friends.

6. John (frighten frightens) me with his scary costume.

7. The trees (lose loses) their leaves in fall.

8.  John (catch catches) the early bus every morning.

3.       The children (eat eats) birthday cake with chocolate icing.

10. The swimmers (race races) every Wednesday morning.

11. The pilot (flies fly) the plane through violent storms.

12. Some children (wears wear) uniforms to school.

13. They (reads read) three novels every term.

14. The bell (ring rang) loudly yesterday.

15. Does a baby (walk walked) before he (talks talked)?

16. Bill often (climb climbs) the tree to rescue his cat.

17.The horse (gallop gallops) then (trot trots) around the ring.

18. Did dinosaurs (lived live) millions of years ago?

19. We (travel travels) to Europe every summer.

20. My family (hiked hikes) in the mountains most weekends when I was young.