Subject/Verb-ConventionRegular #7 – Topics related to OR or NOR… the verb should correspond to the subject closest to it. Neither the children nor their mother (were, were) ready for the journey. Neither the mother nor her children (were, were) ready for the journey. Subject/Verb AgreementRule #5 – Singulier OR Pluriural Indefinite Pronouns can accept singularities or plural verbs depending on how they are used in each set of verbs. 2 Verbtenseen O Present Tense O Use a -s or – the end of the verb only if the subject is him, her or her. O Past Tense O For most verbs add. Subject/Verb AgreementRule #10 – Some nouns that are plural as well as singular verbs – “Memories” are my favorite poem. Rickets (are, is) a serious health problem in some countries. The news of the appointment (was, were) a surprise. Subject/Verb AgreementRule #6 – Two themes linked by AND take on a plural theme – Examples: George Lucas and Steven Spielberg (make, make) films. Rhythm and images (help to help) poets express their feelings.
6 Special Topics (con`t) Some names are unique, although they end with “s.” – The news was disturbing last night. – Mumps is a common childhood disease. Each in front of a composite subject makes the subject unique. – Every dog and cat loses its license. – All men and women have been saved. When compound subjects are linked by or not, the verb corresponds to the subject that is closer to the verb. – Neither Maria nor her sisters leave. – Neither her sisters nor Mary leave.
4 The agreement with verbs sometimes a predictor is different in number of the subject. In this situation, the verb always coincides by number with the subject, not with the predictive noun. – The subject of the conference was whales. The verb, was, must correspond with the subject, subject. – Fireworks are his idea of entertainment. The verb is true with the subject, the fireworks. 2 Conjugation not just for French and Spanish! The form of a verb changes depending on the subject: – I go to the store. – He goes to the store. There`s something wrong here! She agrees with the agreement with the subject and the verb. 3 Contract in person and in number person and numberSubject Pronoun (s)Verbes Sample [to be/eat /go] First person singulariam / eat / go Second person singularitart / eatest / walkst third singularhe person, they, it is /eats / goes First person pluralist / eat / go the second person pluralist / eat / go the third person pluraltheyare / eat / go We rarely use the second person singular these days, but it was common a long time ago. We actually stopped because the reference to a person with the plural form (she) was polite… Like saying “sir” or “madam.” The use of the second singular person (of) was used only between friends or family, or for people who were socially lower than the spokesperson.