If you have trouble finding the subject and verb, delete or ignore sentences and clauses that begin with prepositions or dependent words. The subject of a sentence will never be included in a prepositional sentence or in a dependent clause. In this sentence, the subject is mother. As the sentence concerns only one mother, the subject is singular. The verb in this sentence must be in the singular form of the third person. Many singular subjects can be done by adding a -s to the plural. Most regular verbs in the present tense end with a singular third-person s. This does not make verbs a plural. Most children can be replaced by them. Therefore, the verb does not receive “s”. Add it to the singular form of the third person of regular verbs that end in -sh, -x, -ch, and -s. (I want me to fix/fix to you, look/look, kiss/Kiss.) The subject-verb agreement is a topic that should not concern you while you are writing a paragraph or essay. The things that baffle the authors about the subject/verb concordance are: the indefinite pronoun of each takes a singular verb form, because each refers to a group that performs the same action as a single unit.
Write on your own sheet of paper the correct verb for each of the following sentences. It is your turn to read the rules of the subject-verb agreement. Then read the paragraph that contains errors of agreement. Write the correct version of any verbs that do not currently match their themes, or print the lesson to mark your corrections. An exception to the above rule “s” is the verb “be” (am, are, is, quoi, were) because it had irregular spelling changes. Look at the diagrams of the contemporary form and past below for the verb “to be” to notice that spelling changes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd persons occur in the form of the past and present. Regular verbs follow a predictable pattern. For example, in the third person, singular regular verbs always end on -s. Other regular verbs do not stop on -s. .