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Singular Verbs with Singular Nouns for Class 3 English

Subject verb agreement is an important part of English grammar as without it students get confused with using the correct verb for singular or plural subjects. On this page, students will get to know the basic rules of subject verb agreement with examples. The common mistakes that students might make related to this concept have also been specified.

From this concept, the students will learn:

  • To identify singular verb and plural verb with examples.
  • To state the rules for singular and plural verb with respect to the subject in the sentence.

Each concept of English grammar has been explained in a grade appropriate manner using examples, illustrations and mind maps. Students can practice these questions by solving the subject verb agreement quiz given in the form of worksheets. Students of class 3 evaluate their learning by accessing subject verb agreement worksheets with answers pdf given at the end of this page.

What is Subject Verb Agreement?

The basic rule is that singular verbs must agree with singular nouns. It means that in a sentence, the number of the subject should agree with the verb in number. They both either need to be singular or plural.

Have you ever thought about why we say “She loves chicken” and not “She love chicken”? It is because of this rule of subject-verb agreement that is followed.

Example:

subject verb agreement example
subject verb agreement example

How Do You Identify a Singular or Plural Verb?

  • A singular verb has the letter ‘s’ added to it especially when written in the present tense. For example, loves, writes, runs, plays, etc.
  • Example:

    Sachin (singular noun) enjoys (singular verb) playing basketball every weekend.

  • A plural verb has no ‘s’ added to it. For example, love, write, run, and play. The auxiliaries like are, have, were, and do are used with the plural verbs.
  • Example:

    The group of girls(plural noun) enjoy(plural verb) playing tennis every Sunday.

Subject Verb Agreement Rules

  1. Indefinite pronouns are used with singular verbs. Words like neither, nor, anyone, anybody, somebody, someone, everybody, everyone, something, anything, everything.
  2. These words are considered singular words as they speak about each person.
  3. Examples:

    1. Everybody is responsible for their failure.
    2. The above could also be written as ‘Each person is responsible for their failure’.

      rules of subject verb agreement with examples
    3. Everyone is allowed to enter this space.
    4. Nobody is happy with the outcome.
  4. With uncountable nouns, use a singular verb. Words like sugar, grains, hair, stars, etc.
  5. Example:

    Some of the salt is on the floor.

  6. Titles of single entities are singular like organization, countries, books, etc.
  7. Example:

    The United States of America has a strong army.

  8. The expression ‘the number’ must follow a singular verb while the expression ‘a number’ must follow a plural verb.
  9. Example:

    The number of designers we need to recruit is huge.

  10. When two or more singular pronouns or nouns are joined by ‘or’ or ‘nor’, use a singular verb only. It means only one person will be considered as the subject or object of the sentence.
  11. Example:

    The proposal requires final approval from the chairperson or the Managing Director.

Common Mistakes:

A subject/verb agreement error takes place when the subject and verb of a sentence don’t agree in number.

Follow:

Singular Subject and Singular Verb = Agreement

Plural Subject and Plural Verb = Agreement

If a subject is singular, its verb must also be singular.

Example:

markThe cat chases the mouse.

crossThe cat chase the mouse.

markThe lions chase the deer.

crossThe lions chases the deer.

Exceptions

The first-person pronoun ‘I’ follows a plural verb. ‘I’ is the first-person singular and therefore it uses the first-person verb form.

Examples:

markI go.

markI play.

markI write.

crossI goes.

crossI plays.

crossI writes.

Look at the mind map to understand better.

singular verbs with singular nouns mindmap
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