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Basic Rules of Subject Verb Agreement

Subject-verb agreement is when a singular noun has an accompanying singular verb, and a plural noun has an accompanying plural verb.Here are 10 basic rules of subject verb agreement.

Rule 1
Two singular subjects connected by ‘or’ or ‘nor’ require a singular verb.
Example-My friend or my cousin is coming to London today.
Rule 2
Two singular subjects that are connected by ‘either or’ or ‘neither nor’ needs a singular verb.
Example-Neither Josephine nor Felix is free today.
Example-Either Bob or Jenny helps today with the party decorations.
Rule 3
When one of your two subjects is ‘I’, put ‘I’ second and follow it with the singular verb ‘am’ .
Example-I am sleeping late tonight.
Example-I am Katherine.
Rule 4
When a singular subject is connected by ‘or’ or ‘nor’ to a plural subject put the plural subject last and use a plural verb.
Example-The newspaper or the book are on the shelf.
Rule 5
When a singular and plural subject are connected by either/or or neither/nor put the plural subject last and use a plural verb.
Example-Neither Jacob nor the others are available.
Rule 6
Use a plural verb with two or more subject when they are connected by ‘and’
Example-A dog and a cat is all I ever wanted.
Rule 7
Pronouns such as ;everyone,anybody,each,someone,etc are singular and require singular verbs.
Example-Each of the boys deserve a prize.
Example-Every one of boys deserve a prize.
Rule 8
Look at the noun in your phrase to identify a singular or plural verb.
Example:
a)Eighty percent of the pizza has disappeared.
b)Fifty percent of the pizzas have disappeared..
c)Some of the pizza is missing.
d)Some of  the pizzas are missing.
Rule 9
Always take singular verbs when either and neither are subjects.
Example-Neither of them is coming to the party.
Rule 10
Collective nouns such as colony may be either singular or plural depending on your usage in the sentence.
Example-The colony of soldiers are going for war soon.

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