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Examples of Subject Verb Agreement
Examples of Subject Verb Agreement
Subject verb agreement simply means the subject and verb must agree in number. This means both need to be singular or both need to be plural.
Subject/Verb Agreement Examples
Here are some examples of subject verb agreement (the subject is bolded and the verb underlined):
My dog always growls at the postal carrier.
Basketballsroll across the floor.
I don’t understand the assignment.
These clothes are too small for me.
Peter doesn’t like vegetables.
Compound subjects (two subjects in the same sentence) usually take a plural verb, unless the combination is treated as singular in popular usage or the two subjects refer to the same thing or person. Here are some examples of subject verb agreement with compound subjects:
Sugar and flourare needed for the recipe.
Neither my dad nor my brothersknow how to ski.
Pepperoni and cheeseare great on a pizza.
Corned beef and cabbageis a traditional meal in Ireland. (popular usage)
The creator and producer is arriving soon. (both refer to same person)
When using “or” or “nor” in a compound subject containing a singular and plural subject, the verb agrees with the closest subject. Examples of compound subjects using or, neither-nor, or either-or include:
My mom or dad is coming to the play. (singular)
Neither gray nor white is my favorite color. (singular)
Either Grandpa or my sistersare going to the park. (closest subject is plural)
Either my sisters or Grandpa is going to the park. (closest subject is singular)
Neither she nor I am going to college. (closest subject is singular)
Singular Indefinite Pronouns
Here are some examples of subject verb agreement with singular indefinite pronouns:
Eachgets a trophy for playing.
Somebodywill pay for this.
Anybody is more fun than you.
Something is very wrong here.
Everybody enjoys a good book.
Nothinghas been determined as of yet.
Plural Indefinite Prounouns
Here are some examples of subject verb agreement with plural indefinite pronouns:
Bothare qualified for the job.
Manywent to the beach and got sunburned.
Fewknow what it really takes to get ahead.
Severalare already on location.
Some sugar is required for taste. (sugar is uncountable so singular verb used)
Most of the cookies were eaten. (cookies are countable so plural verb used)
Midsentence Phrase or Clause
Here are some examples of subject verb agreement with a phrase or clause between the subject and verb:
A theory of physics ascertains that a body in motion stays in motion.
A virus in all the company’s computers is a real threat to security.
The causes of this prevalent disease are bad diet and lack of exercise.
The couch and chair I got at the store look really nice in here.
The members of the choir are very happy with the performance.
Collective nouns can be singular or plural depending on meaning. Here are some examples of subject verb agreement with collective nouns:
The committee meets here every Thursday. (singular)
The crowd is getting angry. (singular)
The juryhas finally reached a decision. (singular)
The majority rules most of the time. (plural)
The staffhave gone their separate ways for the holidays. (plural)
Here are some examples of subject verb agreement with inverted subjects where the subject follows the verb: