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When studying Subject When studying Subject Verb agreement you Verb agreement you Need to know this Need to know this first….. first…..
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What is a Subject? What is a Subject? It is the thing doing the action…. Normally a noun!
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What is a Verb? What is a Verb? The action word! Something doing the action Also can be a linking verb or a helping verb Examples: is, was, run, play, were, are
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Find the Subject and Verb Find the Subject and Verb 1. Harvey is a pooka! 2. Harvey plays tricks on people. 3. Harvey and Elwood are playing cards. 4. Veta and Myrtle sing at the party. 5. Grammar worksheets are complicated. 6. The cats and the dogs like to play with each other.
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Prepositional Prepositional Prepositions get in the way and confuse people you need to remove these first before you do anything else when looking at verb agreement! When you see these get rid of the phrase! Example: of, to, by, in, since, around, above, along, before, from, for, on, until
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Here is what I mean Here is what I mean 1. I along with my brother went to the store! 2. Peter of Sunny Brook Farm is coming over tonight. 3. The cat by the bookshelf and the desk is eating the plants. 4. The pictures beside the window are fading from the sunlight. 5. The witch between the ghost and the monster is very ugly.
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Subject Verb Agreement Subject Verb Agreement Definition of Subject verb agreement: the subject agrees with the verb in number The verb must be plural and the subject must be plural The verb must be singular and the subject must be singular
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Sounds easy enough, so Sounds easy enough, so what’s the problem? what’s the problem? Plural verbs don’t end in “S” Plural subjects usually end with “S,” but the singular verbs end with “S”
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Examples: Examples: is, was, seems, needs, etc. are singular The peach seems ripe. are, were, seem, need, etc. are plural The peaches seem ripe.
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Maybe this will clear things Maybe this will clear things up! up! The cat runs into the wall. The cats run into the wall .
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Exception to the rule! Exception to the rule! The form were is plural except when used with the singular you and in sentences that are contrary to the fact. You were the best player on the team. (You is the singular subject) If he were captain, we would be a stronger team. (The statement is contrary to fact, HE IS NOT THE Captain.)
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Watch out! Watch out! Here is what will trip you up! Here is what will trip you up! PREPOSITIONAL PHRASES Example of a preposition: Of, over, under, through, in, between, along, below, besides,by, off, near, into, instead of, up, up to
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TIP: TIP: Remove all prepositional phrases when you are trying to find the subject.
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Examples Examples The interest shown in the Romeo and Juliet movie (has/have) been amazing.
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