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Subject/Verb Agreement

Subject/Verb Agreement

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A singular subject needs a singular verb, and a plural subject needs a plural verb. (Reminder: The verb is the action word in the sentence. The subject is who or what does the action.)

A singular subject needs a singular verb, and a plural subject needs a plural verb. (Reminder: The verb is the action word in the sentence. The subject is who or what does the action.)

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Subjects and verbs must work together. They must agree. A verb that ends in a single -s, -es, or -ies is used with a singular noun.

Subjects and verbs must work together. They must agree. A verb that ends in a single -s, -es, or -ies is used with a singular noun.

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Examples

Examples

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A verb that does not end in a single s, es, or ies is used with a plural noun.

A verb that does not end in a single s, es, or ies is used with a plural noun.

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Examples

Examples

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The raccoon [singular subject] jumps [singular verb] into the sycamore tree.

The raccoon [singular subject] jumps [singular verb] into the sycamore tree.

The raccoons [plural subject] jump [plural verb] into the sycamore tree.

Little Ann [singular subject] is [singular verb] kind.

Little Ann and Old Dan [plural subject] are [plural verb] kind.

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Brain Pop

Brain Pop

Watch the Brain Pop movie, then try the quiz.

http://www.brainpop.com/english/grammar/subjectverbagreement/

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No big deal? Usually not. Here are a few rules just in case you find yourself confused.

No big deal? Usually not. Here are a few rules just in case you find yourself confused.

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Dont be confused by plural words that come after the verb.

Dont be confused by plural words that come after the verb.

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Wrong

Wrong

Billys biggest problem are the many sleepless nights.

Right

Billys biggest problem [singular subject] is [singular verb] the many sleepless nights.

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Which is correct?

Which is correct?

The hound search for mountain lions.

The hound searches for mountain lions.

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Correct

Correct

The hound searches for mountain lions.

hound searches

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Which is correct?

Which is correct?

Old Dan see raccoons.

Old Dan sees raccoons.

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Correct

Correct

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