Chapter 6 Subject Verb Agreement

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Present Tense A verb must correspond in number and in person with its subject. (a) If the subject is third, no one is singular, most English verbs end in -s or -it, but there are no -s or -it in plural thirds. He goes to school. You go to school. Sita goes to school. Sita and Rama go to school. They`re eating a mango. Ram eats a mango. Inserts the correct form of the contemporary form of verbs in spaces in the following sentences: 1. A good dictionary ………….. A lot of things. (costs) 2. These five chairs…………

A thousand rupees. (costs) 3. Ten kilometers……….. A long walk. (be) 4. Sita……….. Next to my house. (live) 5. Bread and butter………….

Healthy food. (be) 6. One of these three boys……….. every year in his classroom. (situation) 7. My kite……….. very high in the sky. (Mouches) 8. You………….. It`s dark. (see) 9.

All students of this school…………. English. 10. My lawn ………….. very beautiful in the spring. (see) Answers 1. Cost 2. Cost 3. is 4. lives 5. is 6. stands 7.

Steal 8. Look 9. learn 10. Exceptions (i) The verb `be` and its forms are an exception to this rule: it is a friend. I`m your friend. They`re friends. Add the correct form of the contemporary form of verbs in parentheses in the following sentences: 1. The new planes ………….

Very quickly. (Mouches) 2. The river……….. It`s good in the summer. (see) 3. Mangoes…………. Freshness. (see) 4. A friend of mine………….

In the same school as me. I read it. 5. The owners of this factory…………. very rich and ………….. in big houses. (be, live) 6. Some women…………. All aboard………….. She`s sick. (Aversion, do) 7. Boys…………..

every day at school. (go) 8. It……………. to see pictures. (how) 9. I………….. like him…………….. That`s right. (Miracles, do) 10. You………….. what…………..

This is me. (Knowing, Problems) (ii) Can, must, can and must and auxiliaries do not have “s” in singular or plural. What the Lord will ask, the servant will do. The servants will do what they ask. If `will is a full verb that means desire, it follows the rule for most other verbs and accepts `-s`-if the subject is a singular third person. No matter what God wants, man cannot change. The verbs that end with “y” and have a consonant before that “y” are added to the `y` in T and ““”””””””””””””””””””””””””””s a singular third person. Ram`s counting on me. He`s doing his best.

He`s flying a kite. (b) Only one subject is sometimes confused as a plural, for example. B when it starts with (one of the nis, neither, etc.). Remember that they should be considered singular. Every one of you is wrong. None of them work here. A teacher teaches English. (c) When a sentence begins with “there,” the verb corresponds to the actual subject that comes after the verb. John`s coming. There are 50 students in my class.

(d) If the theme is plural, but represents a single figure or quantity, a singular verb is required. One hundred kilometres is a long distance. A thousand rupees is not much these days. Dal and Roti are a dinner in northern India. A Thousand Leagues Under The Sea is a famous novel. Question 9. (i) Mathematics is an interesting subject (ii) Mathematics was an interesting subject (iii) Mathematics is an interesting subject (iv) mathematics is/has been an interesting subject question 5. i) Four kilograms of sugar is enough (ii) Four kilograms of sugar was sufficient (iii) Four kilograms of sugar is sufficient (iv) Four kilograms of sugar is sufficient. (i) He was distinguished by all his friends (ii) He received mas with all his friends (iii) He distinguished all his friends (iv) He had assigned with all his friends question 4. (i) A friend of mine lives in Calcutta (ii) A friend of mine who lives in Calcutta (iii) A friend of mine will live in Calcutta (iv) A friend of mine lives in Calcutta Question 6. (i) The fault lies with one of these boys (ii) one of these boys is responsible (iii) One of these boys is responsible for question 10. (i) Scissors must be brought (ii) A pair of scissors must be brought (iii) A pair of scissors must be brought (iv) A couple of scissors must be brought.

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