In English, subject-verb agreement means that when making a sentence, the subject and verb must “agree” (be the same). 

You can read more about it here:

Here is a short story + exercises to demonstrate this important principle:



singular subject requires a singular verb.

Examples:

  • He grills the steaks for dinner.
  • The cat drinks the milk. 
  • It makes a sound.
  • The girl tastes the soup.
  • She is funny. 

Remember, these words and phrases are also singular and require a singular verb: each, each one, either, neither, anybody, anyone, everybody, nobody, someone, somebody, no one. 

Examples:

  • Each person needs to bring a check for $35.
  • Nobody deserves the prize.
  • Neither Mom nor Dad knows the answer to my question. 

Collective nouns also take a singular verb. Some examples include family, group, and team, herd, and flock.

Examples:

  • Our family likes traveling to new places. 
  • The flock of birds rests in the trees across from my house.
  • Did your group decide on a name?  

plural subject requires a plural verb.

Examples:

  • They grill the steaks for dinner.
  • The cats drink the milk
  • They make a sound.
  • The girls taste the soup.
  • They are funny. 

Practice:

Part A: Identify the subject/verb pair as singular or plural.

Part B: Write the correct form of the verb in parentheses

Part C: Read this story. Identify and correct the subject-verb agreement errors. 

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