Worksheet 1 Subject-Verb Disagreement
Each verb must correspond to its subject in number (singular or plural). Disagreement between subjectverb is one of the most common errors tested at the SAT. If you are a native English speaker, the best way to look for subject-verbal disagreements is to find the subject and the verb (ignore all the words in between) and say them together. When you write, cut your sentences to play whokicked who? Exercise. Look at the subject-verb-object core (who kicked whom?) Core, and see if it is clear and powerful transmitted the good that as a rule the subject comes before the verb, but the reverse clauses have the subject according to the verb. For example, the sentences that start There are … Or there`s… they are reversed. To check the subject-verb chord in these sentences, « unthred » you first. 16. s: his parents, v: statements (passing to statements); s: Mrs Denny, v: narrates . .
. The subject of a sentence must correspond to the verb of the sentence: the verb is the most important part of a sentence, but verbs are not always easy to recognize. Consider the word swim in the phrases Ducks swim in the pond and ducks like to swim. In the first sentence, swimming is the verb. In the second sentence, swimming is part of a Nov. phrase (Swimming is what ducks love.) So how do we recognize verbs? Modifiers are adjectives and adverbs, as well as phrases such as participatory phrases (see lesson 7). Most modifiers are not essential for a set, but all are. Use your best judgment. A kind of essen-tial adjective is a predictive adjective, that is, an adjective that is connected to the subject by a unifying verb, as it is intelligent to March. 13. The technology behind high-definition television, DVDs and CDs has changed almost every aspect of the home entertainment industry. _______________ .
5. Since the opening, there has been a theatre and a toy store in the mall. _ 17. Much of what I hear in these conferences (go/walk) in one ear and the other. 29. Among the children, more than a dozen commuters were on the bus. 23. There is almost no dirt stain on the carpet. Article 2:The coach beckoned him at home Word: The subject: the coach object: he 12. None of the girls were afraid of wild animals that kept passing in front of their tents. People who are easily convinced by the corporate-sponsored media spend very little time analyzing problems.
14. Each player on both teams was concerned about the injury to the goalkeeper. _ 6. Either Eric or his brother is hosting this year`s party. _______________ . Write « S » next to each noun or noun phrase if it`s singular or « P » if it`s plural. . The characters of Shakespeare`s twelfth night live in a world that has been turned upside down. 31.
Each mention of the director`s previous Broadway failures was absent from the article. . 17. s: Your bodybuilding and your diet, v: is (for a change) . . Salman Rushdie`s Midnight Children are my favorite novel. . Neither Edna`s neighbours nor her husband agree with their decision.
15. s: Sponsorship, v: won (change won) 8. Treatment can be continued as planned, as none of the twins are allergic to penicillin. A verb gives the essential meaning of a clause (a string of words that convey an idea). Every idea requires a verb. The phrase Ducks swim in the pond says that something floats somewhere, so that the verb is floating. The phrase Ducks like to swim says that something likes something, so the verb is love. Each verb requires a subject, that is, what makes the verb. In both sentences, ducks are the subject. A verb may also require an object, that is, what the verb receives. In Ducks love to swim, the goal is to swim, because that`s what we love. 21.
Amid the lilies and wildflowers, a solitary rose. . 7. There are no less than six colored pencils in this box. __ 25. Either the Donovans or Dave (east/are) will bring the plates. 12. Mathematics and history (is/is) my favorite subjects. There`s a lot of them in the barn. (reverse) A lot in the barn.