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Top 7 Subject Handout - Top 7 Subject-Verb Agreement Tips...

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Top 7 Subject-Verb Agreement Tips The General Rule The subject of a sentence should always agree with its verb in number and person. Add an “s” to the verb if the subject is third-person singular (he, she, it, they, Martha, Sam, etc.). Do not add an “s” if the subject is plural. Example: The family cat loves to be around the newborn baby. (Add “s”) Example: The family cats love to be around the newborn baby. (Don’t add “s”) However, the General Rule does not apply all the time. Refer to the following Top 7 Tips if you get stuck: 1. Subjects that are joined by “and” Two subjects that are joined by “and” usually take plural verbs. Therefore, do not add “s” to the verb. Example: Rock climbing and step aerobics are my favorite cardio exercises. 2. Subjects that are joined by “neither…nor” and “either…or” When two subjects are joined by these words, the verb agrees with the subject closest to it.
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