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Subject Verb agreement rules with examples and sentences

While speaking and writing in english one must be careful about subject and verb. There are certain subject verb agreement rules which one must remember. To make you learn subject verb agreement rules Here i came up with new topic Subject Verb agreement rules with examples and sentences. Subject Verb agreement rules with examples and sentences

Subject Verb agreement rules with examples and sentences

In a sentence while speaking or writing, the verb must agree with the subject. Verb in a sentence is used according to the number or person used in a subject. For Example:-

  • We go.
  • They go.
  • He goes.

Rule 1 (Subject Verb agreement rules with examples):-

When two subjects are joined by “and” Plural verb will be used. For example:-

  • Joe and Jackey are going.

If two or more nouns or adjectives are joined by “and” but only one person or thing or idea is discussed than singular verb is used. For Example:-

  • My Brother, Philosopher and Guide has come.
  • Bread and Butter is my favorite Dish.
  • Slow and Steady wins the race.

If two uncountable nouns are joined by “and”  and  two different subjects are discussed, plural verb is used. For Example:-

  • Poverty and Misery come together.

Rule 2 (Subject Verb agreement rules with examples):-

If the subject is joined by “as well as“, “with“, “alongwith“, “together with“,”and not“,”in addition to“,”but“, “besides“, “except“, “rather than“, “accompanied by“, “like“, “unlike“, “no less than“, “nothing but” , the verb will agree with the first subject.

For Example:-

  • Sham as well as his children is going to the market.
  • The Captain along with the sailors was drowned.
  • My Brother unlike my sisters is very strict.

Rule 3 (Subject Verb agreement rules with examples):-

If two nouns are used in a sentence and an article is placed only before first subject it means the person/thing is the same for which two nouns are used.

For example:-

  • Churchil was a great orator and politician of his time.
  • The director and the producer have come. (Here the director and the producer are two different persons)
  • The director and producer has come. (Here the director and producer  is same person)

Rule 4 (Subject Verb agreement rules with examples):-

If two subjects are joined by “neither……nor“, “either…….or“, “not only……….but also“, “nor“, “or“, “none-but“, the verb will agree with nearest subject.

For Example:-

  • Neither Sham nor Ram has come.
  • Either Sham or his friends have come.
  • Has Ram or Shyam come?

Rule 5 (Subject Verb agreement rules with examples):-

Neither of” means “not either of the two things or people“. “None of” means “not one of the group of things or people“. “Either of” means “one of the two things or people“. Note:- “Not” is not used with “both“. instead “neither of” is used.

For Example:-

  • Neither of his two sons looked after him.
  • None of his four sons looked after him.
  • Either of the two members is at  fault.
  • One of the five members is at fault.
  • Both of them did not take the exam. (Wrong Sentence)
  • Neither of them took the exam. (Right)

Rule 6 (Subject Verb agreement rules with examples):-

Collective noun always takes singular noun. If there is a division among the members of the collective noun , Plural noun or Plural pronoun is used.

For example:-

  • The heard of cows  is grazing in the field.
  • The committee has unanimously taken its decision.
  • The jury are divided  in their opinion. (here we talk abut the members/ We talk about division)
  • The audience have taken their seats.

Rule 7 (Subject Verb agreement rules with examples):-

Certain nouns are plural in form but singular in meaning. Hence they take singular form. Various diseases, games, countries, books, subjects which are plural in form but take singular in meaning are given below:-

Diseases:- Measles, Mumps, Rickets, Shingles,etc.

Subjects:- Physics, Economics, Civics, Statistics, Politics, Linguistics.

Games:- Billiards, Darts, Draughts, etc.

Countries:- The United States, The West Indies, etc.

Books:- The Arabian Nights, Three Muskeeters, Etc

For Example:-

  • Mathematics is an interesting subject.
  • Physics is an interesting subject.
  • Politics is not my cup of tea.

Note:- If “statics” means “data“, “mathematics” means “Calculation” and “Politics” means “Political thought“, plural verb is used.

For Example:-

Statistics have revealed multiple scams in the organisation of the Commonwealth Games.

Rule 8 (Subject Verb agreement rules with examples):-

Always match the verb with main subject of the sentence not with the nearest subject.

For example:-

  • The quality of the mangoes is good.
  • He and his parents are guilty.
  • He and not his parents is guilty.

Rule 9 (Subject Verb agreement rules with examples) :-

Collective noun always take singular verb. If there is division among the members of the collective noun or we talk about the members of the collective noun, Plural verb & plural pronoun is used.

For Example:-

  • The heard of Buffaloes  is grazing the field.
  • The Committee has unanimously taken its decision.
  • The jury are divided in their opinion.
  • The audience have taken their seats.

Rule 10 (Subject Verb agreement rules with examples) :- 

Plural number will always take plural verb. If plural noun is used after cardinal adjectives (one, two, three, four etc)  &  if plural noun denotes certain amount, weight, height or period, singular unit will take singular verb.

For Example:-

  • Thousand rupees is in my pocket.
  • Ten miles is a long distance to cover on foot.
  • Seven thousand rupees is a handsome amount.
  • Five thousand rupees have been spent on different useful commodities.

 

Subject Verb agreement rules with examples and sentences

Subject Verb agreement rules with examples and sentences

 

 

Subject Verb agreement rules with examples and sentences  

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