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Subject and Verb Agreement

When you write a sentence you must make sure that the  subject and the verb agree.
If the subject is a singular noun, or the pronoun he, she  or it, you need a singular verb.

Use a singular verb if the subject is a singular noun. For example, the  subjects ‘my dad’ or ‘our school’, or any of the pronouns he, she or it, require  a singular verb. Most singular verbs end in s. Look at the subjects and their  verbs in these examples. The subjects are in bold and the verbs are in color.

 

 

 

 

 

This form of the verb is called the third person singular. You use it when  the subject of the verb is not you or the person you are speaking to, but some  other person—a third person—or a thing

Here are some more third person singular verbs that end in s.

 

 

 

The third person singular form of some verbs is made by adding es at the  end. Some examples are verbs that end in sh, ch, ss, x, zz and o.

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some sentences with verbs in their third person singular form.  The subjects are in bold and the verbs are in color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do you make the third person singular form of most verbs that end in y?  Usually, you just change the y to an i and then add es.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some verbs that end in y have a vowel before the y. Just add an s at the end  of these words to make the third person singular form.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If the subject of a verb is a plural noun, such as “Mom and Dad” or “our  teachers”, use a plural verb. Do not add s, es or ies to plural verbs. Plural  verbs are also used with the pronouns I, we, you and they.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suppose the subject of a noun refers to a group of people. Depending on the  meaning of the sentence, you may use either a singular or a plural verb.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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