REMEMBER: You must be able to identify the subject and verb in each independent
clause and dependent clause before you can begin to understand that
subjects and verbs should agree. If, perhaps, you need to refresh your
memory in identifying subjects and verbs, please ask for a learning packet.
NOW, LET’S TRY TO LEARN SOME IMPORTANT RULES.
1. If the subject is singular (one person, one thing), the verb must be singular.
Ex. A good student does his homework.*
* In the present tense a singular verb ends with an s.
2. If the subject is plural (more than one person or thing), the verb must be plural.
Ex. All good students do their homework.*
*Notice that the verb do does not have an s!
PRACTICE EXERCISE A: Underline the correct verb form (singular or plural).
1. The student (works, work).
2. He (studies, study) too.
3. All the students (walks, walk) to school.
4. These pictures (was, were) drawn by the instructor.
5. Children (wants, want) their parents to go to school.
NOW, CHECK YOUR ANSWERS IN THE BACK OF THE PACKET.
3. If words or phrases come between the subject and the verb, first isolate the subject
and then decide on the correct verb form. Prepositional phrases can be real trouble
makers, so if you don’t remember how to identify them, stop now and ask for a learning
Ex. The designs on Indian pottery (fascinates, fascinate) me.
(The subject, designs, is plural; therefore, the verb must be plural. The plural verb
PRACTICE EXERCISE B: In each of the following sentences, underline the subject and the
1. The buildings on each campus (was, were) recently completed.
2. All applications for the job (has, have) been received.
3. Every student in all classes (has, have) been notified of the CLAST test date.
4. The chalkboards in the school (is, are) scratched.
5. Each year the winner from all the schools throughout the state (seems, seem) to be
very much surprised.