Subject-verb agreement

Subject-verb agreement is a crucial aspect of English grammar that refers to the relationship between the subject of a sentence and the verb that corresponds to it. In order for a sentence to be grammatically correct, the subject and verb must agree in number, meaning that a singular subject must be matched with a singular verb, and a plural subject must be matched with a plural verb.

Here are some examples of subject-verb agreement:

  • “The dog barks loudly.” (singular subject “dog” agrees with singular verb “barks”)
  • “The dogs bark loudly.” (plural subject “dogs” agrees with plural verb “bark”)

It’s important to note that in English, the form of the verb can change depending on the subject, and it’s not always as straightforward as just adding an -s or -es to indicate a plural. For example, in the present tense, the third person singular form of a verb is indicated by adding -s or -es to the base form of the verb. For example, “The dog barks” (singular subject) versus “The dogs bark” (plural subject).

Here are some examples of irregular verb forms that don’t follow the -s/-es rule for third person singular in the present simple:

  • “The boy is playing.”
  • “The boys are playing.”

It’s also important to note that the subject of a sentence can sometimes be implied or hidden, making it harder to spot and match with the verb. For example, “There are three cookies in the jar.” (implied subject “there” agrees with plural verb “are”)

In order to practice subject-verb agreement, you can try writing simple sentences with different subjects and verbs, and then check to make sure that they agree in number. You can also try identifying the subject and verb in more complex sentences, and make sure they agree with each other.

It’s also helpful to pay attention to subject-verb agreement when reading or listening to English, as it will help you to internalize the correct forms and patterns.

Remember that subject-verb agreement is an essential aspect of English grammar, and mastering it will help you to communicate more effectively and accurately.



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