Agreement Essay

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Subject – Verb Agreement Rules Rules that Govern Subject/Verb Agreement | | When we use the term agreement, we mean that a subject and its verb agree as to their "number." Number refers to whether a subject and verb are singular or plural. Singularmeans that a subject's or a verb's number is one. Pluralmeans a subject or verb's number is more than one. A single rule governs the agreement of subjects and verbs: A singular subject takes a singular verb; and a plural verb takes a plural verb. | The confusion arises when one fails to accurately identify the subject and/or when its number is determined by additional rules. Consequently, some additional patterns need to be recognized in order to choose the correct verb. | S-V Pattern 1: Indefinite pronouns must be correctly identified as singular or plural: Singular Indefinite Pronouns: each, either, one, everyone, everybody, no one, nobody, anyone, someone, neither, and somebody. | Indefinite Example: Everyoneis attendingthe concert. | Plural Indefinite Pronouns: both, few, many, others, and several | Plural Indefinite Pronoun: Afewhave attended the concert. | Variable Indefinite Pronouns: [sometimes singular and sometimes plural depending on what follows them in a prepositional phrase]: some, most, all, none, any | EX: All of the students were present. [All is plural because students is plural.] All of the problem was of my own making. [All is singular because problem is singular.]Variable Indefinite (plural) Example: Someof the students are attending the concert.Variable Indefinite (singular) Example: Some of the assignment is due today. | S-V Pattern 2: A sentence can be inverted, placing the subject at the end. This positioning may cause confusion about which word is the subject. [Note subject and correct verb are in underlined text.]Example: There are / is four concerts this season.

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