FINDING SUBJECTS AND VERBSBeing able to find the right subject and verb will help you correct errors concerning agreement. Example The list of items is/are on the desk.If you know that listis the subject, then you will choose isfor the verb. Being able to identify the subject and verb correctly will also help you with commas and semicolons as you will see later. Definition. A Verbis a word that shows action (runs, hits, slides) or state ofbeing (is, are, was, were, am, etc.). ExamplesHe ran around the block.You are my friend.Rule 1. If a verb follows to, it is called an infinitive phrase and is not the main verb. You will find the main verb either before or after the infinitive phrase. ExamplesI like to walk.The efforts to get her elected succeeded. Definition.A Subjectis the noun or pronoun that performs the verb. Example The woman hurried.Womanis the subject. Rule 2. A subject will come before a phrase beginning with of.