Subject Verb Agreement
-A verb must agree with the subject even when the subject is after the verb.
-A verb must agree with the subject, not the predicate nominative.

  • name a group of people/things
  • some examples of collective nouns are:
    • audience
    • class
    • club
    • committee
    • crowd
    • family
    • flock
    • group
    • herd
    • pair
    • team
Even though some nouns end in an -s, they function as a singular subject, and therefore take a singular verb. Others function as plural subjects, and take plural verbs. Some nouns can function as either plural or singular, depending on the context of the sentence it is used in.

  1. mathematics
  2. measles
  3. mumps
  4. news
  5. physics
  1. binoculars
  2. eyeglasses
  3. pants
  4. scissors
  5. shorts
  6. stairs
  1. acoustics
  2. politics
  3. statistics
  4. series

CHOOSE THE CORRECT VERB: underline the verb in parentheses that will agree with the subject
  1. I (support / supports) the goals she has.
  2. When we (applauded / applaud) the performers, they bowed.
  3. Politicians (tend / tends) to get annoyed by the press.
  4. I want a new guitar, but it (costs / cost) more than I can spend.
  5. (Is / Are) the crowd cheering for me or the runner up?
  6. He (talked / talks) to the teacher about his test.
  7. I (want / wanted) the hair brushes but I forgot them.
  8. She (thinks / thought) about binoculars the whole way home.
  9. When she (met / meets) people she shakes their hands.
  10. The teacher (helps / helped) the students to learn multiplication.