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Subject-Verb Agreement with Regular Verbs:A. Subjects and verbs must agree:Because subjects and verbs are either singular or plural, the subject of a sentence and the verb of a sentencemust agree with each other in number. That is, a singular subject belongs with a singular verb form, and aplural subject belongs with a plural verb form.Singular:The catjumpsover the fence.Plural:The catsjumpover the fence.B. Regular verbs follow a predictable pattern of agreement:For example, in the third person singular, regular verbs always end in-s. Other forms of regular verbs do notend in-s.Study the following regular verb forms in the present tense.Singular FormPlural FormFirst PersonI live.We live.Second PersonYou live.You live.Third PersonHe/She/It lives.They live.Singular: I read every day.Plural: Weread every day.In these sentences, the verb form stays the same for the first person singular and the first person plural.Singular:Youstretchbefore you go to bed.Plural:Youstretchbefore every game.In these sentences, the verb form stays the same for the second person singular and the second person plural.In the singular form, the pronounyourefers to one person. In the plural form, the pronounyourefers to agroup of people, such as a team.Singular:My motherwalksto work every morning.In this sentence, the subject ismother. Because the sentence only refers to one mother, the subject is singular.The verb in this sentence must be in the third person singular form.Plural:My friendslikethe same music as I do.In this sentence, the subject isfriends. Because this subject refers to more than one person, the subject isplural. The verb in this sentence must be in the third person plural form. Many singular subjects can be madeplural by adding an-s. Most regular verbs in the present tense end with an -sin the third person singular. Thisdoes not make the verbs plural.Singular subject, singular verb:The catracesacross the yard.Plural subject, plural verb:The catsraceacross the yard.Add an-esto the third person singular form of regular verbs that end in-sh,-x,-ch, and-s.
(I wish/He wishes, I fix/She fixes, I watch/It watches, I kiss/He kisses.)Key TakeawaysParts of sentences must agree in number, person, case, and gender.A verb must always agree with its subject in number. A singular subject requires a singularverb; a plural subject requires a plural verb.

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