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EDIT TIP: Subject And Verb Must Agree

Updated: Aug 7, 2023

In this crazy world where everyone seems to delight in argument, I’m here to remind you that your subject and verb must agree. And here’s what I mean:

1. If the subject is singular, the verb must be singular too. 

Example: He rides horses.

2. If the subject is plural, the verb must also be plural. 

Example: They ride horses.

3. If the subject has two or more nouns connected by and, use a plural verb.

Example: The cowboy and ranch hands ride horses.

4. If there is one subject and more than one verb, the verbs must agree with the subject. 

Example: The cowboy rides and sings.

5. If a phrase comes between the subject and the verb, the verb must agree with the subject. 

Example: The cowboy, as well as the ranch hands, is happy.

Example: The cowboy at Southfork was happy.

6. If two or more singular nouns or pronouns are connected by "or" or "nor," use a singular verb. 

Example: The cowboy or ranch hand rides before sunrise.

7. If a compound subject contains both a singular and a plural noun joined by "or" or "nor," the verb should agree with the subject closest to the verb.

Example: The ranch hands or cowboy rides before sunrise.

Example: The cowboy or ranch hands ride before sunrise.

8. Words like “each," "either," "neither," "everyone," "everybody," "anyone," and "no one" are singular. Use a singular verb.

Example: Each of the ranch hands is able to ride.

Example: Neither cowboy was present at breakfast.

Example: No one is around for breakfast.

9. Collective nouns suggest more than one but are considered singular. Use a singular verb.

Example: The group meets for chores after breakfast.

Any questions? Feel free to reach out if I can help.

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