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Is this subject verb afreement?

asked Dec 07 '11 at 16:36 Donnelle Thompson New member

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Subject-verb agreement is when the noun which is the subject of the sentence has the same number and  person as the verb.


For example:


He plays piano. ('plays' is the third-person singular conjugation of the verb "to play".  'Plays' agrees with the subjet, 'he' which is the third-person singular nominative pronoun).


They plays instruments. ('They' is the third-person plural nominitive pronoun, but 'plays' is the third-person singular conjugation.)  NOTE: the number does not match the subject.  'They' is plural, and 'plays' is singular.  This is an example of subject-verb disagreement.


The nominitive personal pronouns (subjects) are:


I (first-person singular)

You (second-person singular and plural (based on context))

We (first-person plural)

He (third-person singluar, male)

She (third-person singluar, female)

It (third-person singluar, inanimate)

They (third-person plural)


The conjugation pattern for a regular verb, like "to play" is (present simple tense):


I play

You play (singular)/ You play (plural)

We play

He/She/It plays

They play


The conjugation pattern for irregular verbs will need to be memorised separately, but here is the conjugation for 'to be' (present simple tense):


I am

You are (singular)/ You are (plural)

He/she/ it is

They are

link comment answered Dec 09 '11 at 00:27 Kimberly Expert

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