SUBJECT VERB AGREEMENT RULE # 10-20 - Coggle Diagram
SUBJECT VERB AGREEMENT RULE # 10-20
If the subjects are both plural and are connected by the words
neither/nor, either/or, and not only/but
also, the verb is plural.
The girls or the boys
at the soccer field.
If one subject is singular and one plural and the words are connected by the words or, nor, neither/nor, either/or, and not only/but also, you use the verb form of the subject that is nearest the verb.
Do your parents or your brother
Indefinite pronouns typically take singular verbs.
to be loved!
Except for the pronouns (few, many, several, both) that always take the
at the park.
If two infinitives are separated by and they take the plural form of the
To walk and to chew gum
When gerunds are used as the subject of a sentence they take the singular verb form of the verb, but when they are linked by and they take the plural form.
in the water
a bad idea.
in the ocean and
Collective nouns like herd, senate, class, crowd, etc. usually take a
singular verb form
Barazarte: ( singular)
Titles of books, movies, novels, etc. are treated as singular and take a
The Chronicles of Narnia
a great book.
Remember, only the subject affects the verb!
The singular verb form is usually used for units of measurement.
Four quarts of oil
required to get the car running.