Subject-Verb Agreement

Subject – Verb Agreement

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Subject-Verb Agreement

Choose the word that correctly completes each sentence below.

1. Everyone (complains, complain) when gas prices go up.
2. Most of Benito’s shirts (has, have) at least one pocket.
3. Somebody (is, are) addressing all the wedding invitations with a fountain pen.
4. Everyone in the Hundley family (buys, buy) a new toothbrush twice a year.
5. Few of my friends (dislikes, dislike) both crunchy peanut butter and the smooth variety.
6. Nobody (remembers, remember) that the space between the thumb and the first finger is called the purlicue.
7. Some of the children (stops, stop) at the ice cream shop every day.
8. Nothing (ends, end) the baby’s crying except being rocked in the rocking chair.
9. All of the workers who enter by the main gate (passes, pass) through a metal detector.
10. Each of the messages on the answering machine (is, are) for Dody.

Subject – Verb Agreement

1. complains 2. have 3. is 4. buys 5. dislike 6. remembers 7. stop 8. ends 9. pass 10. is

Choose the correct form from the parentheses.

1. Every participant (has / have) been notified of the change in schedule.
2. The old lady and her twelve cats (was / were) evicted from the apartment.
3. Everyone (is / are) bringing a homemade dish.
4. Neither of the cars in the accident (was / were) insured.
5. Most of the rooms in the hotel (have / has) air-conditioning.
6. John, together with his wife and two children, (is / are) going to dinner.
7. One of the speakers (is / are) not here yet.
8. No news (is / are) good news.
1. has 2. were 3. is 4. was 5. have 6. is 7. is 8. is

Choose the correct form from the parentheses.

1. Neither Mary nor her friends (is / are) going to have a party.
2. A number of graduates (have / has) received scholarship from this department.
3. All of the money (was / were) found.
4. Every man and woman (has / have) the right to vote.
5. The number of car accidents (is / are) increasing every year.
6. Both corn and wheat (is / are) grown in Canada.
7. Most of our furniture (is / are) in storage.
8. My new pair of pants (is / are) at the cleaners.
9. The Chinese (was /were) drinking tea in the year 2000 B.C.
10.The police (is / are) on the alert for the escaped convict.

Subject – Verb Agreement

1. are 2. have 3. was 4. has 5. is 6. are 7. is 8. is 9. were 10. are

Find the correct form of the given verb in the following sentences.

1. One of the students in my class (come) from Bangladesh.
2. The people who have invited me to the opening of the exhibition (want) me to write an article about it afterward.
3. Almost everyone in my class (have) a part-time job.
4. Writing essays (require) a lot of skill.
5. Neither his wife nor his children (know) that he has lost his job.
6. Every book that is assigned for this course (cost) more than $20.
7. The president and his wife (have) agreed to attend the ceremony.
8. My sister always (try) her hardest.
9. Today’s news (be) surprising.
10.The bunch of flowers that she (want) to buy (be) very expensive.

Subject – Verb Agreement

1. comes 2. want 3. has 4. requires 5. know
6. costs 7. have 8. Tries 9. was/is 10.wants, is

Underline the form from that correctly completes each sentence.

1. Ethics (is / are) the study of moral duties, principles, and values.
2. The first bridge to be build with electric lights (was / were) the Brooklyn Bridge.
3.There (is / are) two types of calculus, differential and integral.
4.George Gershwin, together with his brother Ira, (was / were) the creator of the first musical comedy to win Pulitzer Prize.
5. In a chess game, the player with the white pieces always (moves / move) first.
6. The Earth and Pluto (is / are) the only two planets in the solar system believed to have a single moon.
7. A number of special conditions (is / are) necessary for the formation of a geyser.
8. Each of the Ice Ages (was / were) more than a million years long.
9. The battery, along with the alternator and starter, (makes / make) up the electrical system of a car.
10. Teeth (is / are) covered with a hard substance called enamel.
11. The more-or-less rhythmic succession of economic booms and busts (is / are) referred to as the business cycle.
12. The number of chromosomes in a cell (varies / vary) from species to species.
13. All trees, except for the tree fern, (is / are) seed bearing plants.
14. Fifteen hundred dollars a year (was / were) the per-capita income in the United States in 1950.
15. Everyone who (goes / go) into the woods should recognize common poisonous plants such as poison ivy and poison oak.

Subject – Verb Agreement

1. is 2. was 3. are 4. was 5. moves 6. are 7. are 8. was
9. makes 10. are 11. is 12. varies 13. are 14. was 15. goes

Underline the subject of the missing verb and fill in the blanks with “is” or “are”.

1. Neither the doctor nor the nurses ————– here.
2. The number of nurses in the city ————– very large.
3. All of nurses ————– very good.
4. All of the medicine————– gone.
5. Some of the water ————– used for irrigation.
6. Most of the money ————– counterfeit.
7. Not only the money but also the jewels ————– locked up in the safe.
8. Neither the jewels nor the money ————– mine.
9. All of the cookies ————– gone.
10. Half of the furniture ————– in the truck.
11. Neither of the reporters ————– allowed to interview the players.
12. Everyone ————– required to write a composition.
13. Every man, woman, and child ————– given a free ticket.
14. Everything in the house ————– destroyed by the fire.

Subject – Verb Agreement

1. are 2. is 3. are 4. is 5. is 6. is 7. are
8. is 9. are 10. is 11. is 12. is 13. is 14. is

Underline the subject of each sentence and fill in the blanks with “is” or “are”.

1. The crew ————– asleep in their bunks down in the hold of the ship.
2. Several unusual species of birds ————– found in this area.
3. When a young deer ————– motionless, its coloring will hide it well.
4. The committee ————– ready to make its recommendations public.
5. Both apparatus ————– available for your use.
6. The family ————– fighting among themselves constantly.
7. The fish in the aquarium ————– waiting for their daily feeding.
8. Each of those species of birds ————– common in Texas.
9. All sheep ————– dipped in the spring to kill the parasites.
10.The press ————– requested to show their credentials to the guard.

Subject – Verb Agreement

1. are 2. are 3. is 4. is 5. are 6. are 7. are 8. is 9. are 10.are

Underline the subject and fill in the blanks with “is” or “are”.

1. Alumni of the university ————– invited to the graduation ceremony.
2. English ————– heard all over the world.
3. The Portuguese ————– fortunate to have such a beautiful coastline.
4. Many Vietnamese ————– living in the United States.
5. The criteria for promotion ————– clearly stated.
6. The appendices ————– usually found at the back of a book.
7. Supernatural phenomena ————– of great interest to many people.
8. Few ————– strong enough to finish the race.
9. There ————– a pair of sunglasses lying on the floor.
10.Both my good trousers and my old jeans ————– at the laundry.
11 .Many of you ————– going to score above 500 on the TOEFL.
12.There ————– several books on the top shelf of the bookcase.
1. are 2. is 3. are 4. are 5. are 6. are
7. are 8. are 9. is 10. are 11. are 12. are

Underline the subject and fill in the blanks with “is” or “are”.

1. Nylon, like orlon ————– synthetic.
2. Either his children or his wife ————– arriving today.
3. Both the chair and the sofa ————– on sale.
4. Every dog and cat ————– vaccinated against rabies.
5. There ————– several universities in the city.
6. It ————– the bicyclists who endanger the joggers.
7. The New York Times ————– read by many people.
8. Everyone in the class ————– working hard.
9. All of the creeks ————– polluted.
10. All of the water ————– contaminated.
11.The committee ————– having its meeting.
12. The committee ————– separated from their families for long periods of time.
13. Two hundred dollars ————– a lot of money to lose.
14. Mathematics ————– a pure science.
15. A number of doctors ————– employed by the hospital.
16. The number of female doctors ————– growing.
17. The English ————– well known for their love of tea.
18. The hypothesis ————– supported by the data.
19. The young deer ————– staying near their mothers.
20. Those species of fish ————– found in Texas lakes.
1. is 2. is 3. are 4. is 5. are
6. is 7. is 8. is 9. are 10. is
11. is 12. are 13. is 14. is 15. are
16. is 17. are 18. is 19. are 20. are

Choose the correct form of the verb, singular or plural.

1. The trousers you bought for me (doesn’t / don’t) fit me.
2. Physics (was / were) my best subject at school.
3. Fortunately the news (wasn’t / weren’t) as bad as we had expected.
4. The police (wants / want) to interview Fred about a robbery.
5. Three days (isn’t / aren’t) long enough for a good holiday.
6. Where (does / do) your family live?
7. England (has / have) lost all their football matches this season.
8. Can I borrow your scissors? Mine (isn’t / aren’t) sharp enough.
9. I’m going to take a taxi. Six miles (is / are) too far for me to walk.
1. don’t 2. was 3. wasn’t 4. want 5. isn’t
6. does 7. have 8. aren’t 9. is

Words that can cause confusion with Subject Verb Agreement

Indefinite pronouns that always take a singular verb form:

anybody either neither one
anyone everybody nobody somebody
anything everyone no one someone
each everything nothing something
Peculiar Pronouns and Nouns that can be singular or plural depending upon context:
(Notice these all refer to amount.)

all most some none half part
Common Prepositions
(Remember, a subject never shows up in a prepositional phrase, but these phrases often come
between a subject and its verb.)

about above across after among around
at because of before Behind below beneath
between by during except for from
in spite of into like near of on
over past through till to toward
until up upon with without

Pronoun agreement

Pronouns that take the place of a noun must be either plural or singular just like the noun they represent.

Everyone has his or her own way of thinking. Correct
Everyone has their own way of thinking. Incorrect

All the rules of pronoun agreement are based on the rules of subject-verb agreement
Pronouns must also agree in person.


I love the beach because I can get a good tan. Correct
I love the beach because you can get a good tan. Incorrect

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