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For many people, the hard part about subject-verb agreement is knowing what those singular and plural forms of the subject or verb are.
Subject-Verb Agreement Examples
Singular and plural subjects are nouns, and the rules for those are usually straightforward. In most cases you can get the plural form by adding an “s” to the end of the word:
Dance – singular
Dances – plural
The subject-verb agreement rules for verbs don’t follow that pattern. Adding an “s” won’t make a very plural. For example:
Is jumps the plural form? An easy way to test this is using he, she and they. He and she are singular pronouns, but they is plural. Take a look at the example below:
You wouldn’t say “they jumps“, would you?
More subject verb agreement rules
- If you have two singular subjects connected by the words or/nor, use a singular verb:
My son or my daughter will call me later
- You also use a singular verb for singular subjects joined by either/or/neither/nor:
Either John or Jane will call me later
Neither John nor Jane is calling me later
- If the word and connects two or more nouns/pronouns, you use a plural verb:
Jane and her family are visiting me later
- For compound subjects that contain a singular and plural noun/pronoun joined by or/nor, the verb must agree with the subject nearest to the verb:
Jane or her family call me every day
Her family or Jane calls me every day
- If a phrase comes between the subject and verb, the verb needs to agree with the subject, not the noun or pronoun in the phrase:
Jane, along with her parents, is nervous about the flight
Three of the children are laughing
- Doesn’t is a contraction of does not and is used with a singular subject:
Jane doesn’t like vegetables
- Don’t is a contraction of do not and uses a plural subject:
They don’t like vegetables
- The following are singular and need a singular verb: Each, either, each one, everyone, neither, everybody, anyone, anybody, somebody, nobody, someone, no one:
Everyone is entitled to their opinion of vegetables
- When a sentence begins with there is or there are the verb needs to agree with the subject that follows it:
There are many vegetables
There is only one carrot
Subject-verb agreement Worksheets
This bundle contains 5 ready-to-use Subject-verb agreement worksheets which are a perfect collection to help students to practice their knowledge and understanding of subjects and verbs in both singular and plural tense.
These worksheets have been specifically designed for use with any international curriculum.If you need subject-verb agreement worksheets for your classroom, you can use these worksheets as-is, or edit them using Google Slides to make them more specific to your own student ability levels and curriculum standards.
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Use With Any Curriculum
These worksheets have been specifically designed for use with any international curriculum. You can use these worksheets as-is, or edit them using Google Slides to make them more specific to your own student ability levels and curriculum standards.