EXE Subject Verb Agreement

EXE Subject Verb Agreement - Exe c utive Eng lis h Pro pe...

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Executive Englis h Property of Defens e Information School Public Affairs Department Fort George G. Meade, Md. 2003 Send comments and ques tions to Mrs . Faye B. Jones . Jones f@dinfos .os d.mil
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    SUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENT
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GOALS Identify the verb. Identify the subject. Identify prepositional phrases. Use agreement method to check agreement of subject and verb.
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Directions for Exercises If you are using the worksheet for this lecture, do not correct a sentence until prompted to do so by the slide. Do not work ahead. Use the arrow keys on the keyboard so that the items are revealed properly.
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Directions for Exercises Use the SLIDESHOW view. The view buttons are located above the START button. You will be given a rule and some examples. Next you will be given a chance to try the rule and fix a sentence in your head. After the “Try it” slide, you will be instructed to fix a sentence on the computer lecture worksheet.
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SUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENT If a subject is singular, the verb must be singular. 1. The man writes well. man / writes 2. He is new. he / is 3. She takes good notes. she / takes 4. Mary loves Mike. Mary / loves
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SUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENT NOTE: Generally, if the subject is singular, it DOES NOT have an “s” on it. If the verb is singular, it DOES have an “s” on it.
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SUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENT If a subject is plural, the verb must be plural. 1. The bees swarm. bees/ swarm 2. They are the best. they / are 3. The men ride together. men/ ride 4. The soldiers eat MREs. soldiers / eat
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SUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENT NOTE: Generally, if the subject is plural, it DOES HAVE an “s” on it. If a verb is plural, it DOES NOT have an “s” on it.
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VERBS OF BEING Don’t overlook the verbs of being. They are always verbs and used often. SINGULAR PLURAL I am We are You are You are He is They are
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Present Tense Agreement Problems Most of the subject-verb agreement problems occur in third person in present tense. Singular and plural verb forms are usually different. Singular He runs . She dances . It wags . Plural They run . They dance . They wag .
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No Past Tense Agreement Problems Past tense forms of the verb are the same for singular and plural third person subjects. Singular He ran . She danced . It wagged . Plural They ran . They danced . They wagged .
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First Person First person refers to the person speaking . I, me, my, we, us and our are words used in the first person. I shop . I speak . I am a teacher. I do it well. There are few agreement problems in first person.
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Second Person The person “ spoken to ” is in second person. You, your, yours and yourself are in second person.
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“You” means one or many. “You” is the pronoun used for both
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This note was uploaded on 12/03/2011 for the course DINFOS PAQC taught by Professor Various during the Spring '11 term at Park.

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