Subject Verb Agreement Practice Sample
Below are some samples of prepositional phrases:
Preposition Object of Prepositional Phrase
above in the trees the lab
among of the flowers the school
at on the movies the bridge
below over the trees the store
beneath to the trees the table
EXAMPLE: The teachers in the classroom is/are very experienced.
Since we know that “in” is a preposition, then it makes sense that “in the classroom” is a prepositional
phrase. Cross out “in the classroom.” You are left with “The teachers... (is/are) very experienced.”
“Teachers” is a plural subject, so it must take the plural verb “are.”
However, what if we have an inverted sentence?
Under the tree is/are several flowers.
In this case, the verb must be plural (“are”) because the subject (“flowers”) is plural.
Pronouns and Indefinite Pronouns
Simple pronouns and their numbers (singular/plural) are as follows:
1st person I dance. We dance
2nd person You dance. You dance.
3rd person He/she/it dances They dance.
Robert dances. Robert and Linda dance.
Singular indefinite pronouns take the singular verb.
EXAMPLE: Everyone in the class supports the teacher.
“Everyone” is a singular subject. “In the class” is the prepositional phrase. “Supports” is the singular
present tense verb (notice the “s” on the end).
Other singular indefinite pronouns are anybody, anyone, anything, each, either, every, everybody,
everyone, everything, neither, nobody, no one, somebody, someone, something.
Every man, woman, and child was/were given a book.
Each student is/are required to pass the final exam.
Since “Every” and “Each” are both indefinite pronouns, they take singular verbs.
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