Subject Verb Agreement Softschools

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    If a compound subject is bound by “or” or “nor,” look at the subject closest to the verb and let the verb match that part of the subject. 2) You take the school bus in the afternoon. (plural theme; Plural) 8) Katie or three girls go to the office. (The girl is closer, so verb is plural) 5) Some subjects refer to one thing, but take a plural verb (examples: shears, pants) 10) Neither the tray nor the cups have been set aside. (The cups are closer, so verb is plural) 1) It runs four miles a day. (singular theme; Singularverb) 4) Note that some subjects may seem plural, but are singular because they refer to one thing or a single quantity of something (examples: mathematics, mumps, news) subjects (who or what is the sentence) and verbs (action or state of being) must agree. 2) These indeterminate pronouns are always plural and should be paired with a plural verb: little, many 1) These indeterminate pronouns are always singular and should be paired with a singular verb: something, anything, anything, anything, everything, anyone, person, person, person, person, nothing, one. 3) For some indeterminate pronouns (some, all, none), it depends on the point at which the pronoun refers. 6) One of the nails stands. (one is singular) 4) Some of the money is missing. (The singular silver is singular) 5) None of the marbles came out of the circle.

    (The plural ball is plural).

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