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Subject Verb Subject Verb Agreement Agreement Brenham Writing Room Created by D Herring Subject Verb Review What is a Subject Your subject is the person place or thing that your sentence is about Important reminders Your sentence may have a compound subject Your subject will never be in a prepositional phrase Usually your subject comes before your verb Subject Verb Review What is a Verb The main verb tells what the subject does or links the subject to another word that describes it Action Verb shows action subject performs I walk three miles every day Linking Verb connects subject to another word or words that describe it I am tired Helping Verb joins an action verb to form the complete verb I was walking three miles every day when the weather was warmer What is Subject Verb Agreement Subject verb agreement means your subject and verb must match or agree in number If you have a singular subject then you must use a singular verb The dog barks at every sound he hears If you have a plural subject then you must use a plural verb The dogs bark at every sound they hear Subject Verb Agreement It is important to know how your singular and plural subjects and verbs are formed For your subject which is a noun The singular form does not end in an s The dog barks at every sound it hears The plural form ends in an s The dogs bark at every sound they hear For your verb The singular form ends in an s The dog barks at every sound it hears The plural form does not end in an s The dogs bark at every sound they hear S V Agreement Trouble Spots 1 The verb is a form of be have or do 2 Words or phrases come between the subject the verb 3 There is a compound subject 4 The subject is an indefinite pronoun 5 The verb comes before the subject 6 The subject is a collective noun 1 The Verb is a form of be have or do Make sure a linking verb agrees with its subject not with the word or phrase that describes the subject Incorrect The worst backyard pest are squirrels Correct The worst backyard



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