Subject-Verb Agreement : Formation et Cours Anglais à Lyon

A prepositional phrase could be used to modify the noun,

Example: One of my friends (was, were) absent yesterday. 

The subject of the sentence is One not friends, so the verb must agree with it. 

1. After the movie the group of teenagers went to McDonalds for a burger.
2. The cause of her troubles …………. apparent.
3. Each of you …………….. heard this legend.
4. Neither of the girls …………. a bicycle.
5. Everyone in my class ……………… that!
6. The fibers of the wood ………………. then crushed.
7. Neither Kendra nor Susan ………….. the piano.
8. A few of your friends …………. here.
9. The length of these boats ……….. twenty feet.
10. One of these notebooks ……………… to you.

If the subject is a collective noun, we have to read the whole sentence to know if we are talking about the whole goup as one entity or as many individuals. 

  • The Family is gathered in the kitchen. 
  • The family are in their rooms. 
1. After the movie the group of teenagers went to McDonalds for a burger.
2. Our herd of Ayrshire cattle ……… the largest in the state.
3. The class ……… to their seats when the bell rings.
4. The flock of wild geese flying above us ……… a beautiful sight.
5. Behind closed doors the jury ………. deliberating.
6. The committee ………. encouraged by our consideration of its offer.
7. The faculty ……….. agree with one another.
8. The audience ……….. given two standing ovations for Sweet Honey in the Rock.
9. What ……… the team done to improve their skills this year?
10. A group of students ………. a story by Ron Arias.

If the subject is here or there, the verb will agree with the noun that comes after it. Here and There are not real subjects. 

  • There is a book on thetable. 
  • There are books on the table. 
  • Where is the book? 
  • Where are the books? 
1. After the movie the group of teenagers went to McDonalds for a burger.
2. Here ………. the girl.
3. There ………. numbers on all the parts to be cleaned.
4. Here ………. some more parts that must be numbered.
5. Where ……… that yellow chalk?
6. Where ……… the gasoline and clean rags?
7. There …….. rags on that shelf.
8. Where ……….. the bolt that fits here?
9. There ………. no numbers on these cleaned parts!
10. Here ………. the reason.

If the subjec tis an indefinite pronoun, we have to decide if the indefinte pronoun is singular or prural. 

  • Both are here. 
  • Either is here. 
  • Neither is here. 
  • Everyone is here. 
  • All are here. 
1. After the movie the group of teenagers went to McDonalds for a burger.
2. ………… anyone sampled moussaka and other Greek dishes?
3. Each of those jackets ……….. too much.
4. Both of the meals ………. good.
5. Every one of the actors …….. another rehearsal.
6. Most of the exhibit ………….. works by Cuban sculptors such as
Juan Jose Sicre.
7. Most of the students ………….. doing this exercise.
8. Some of the poems in that collection …….. by Al Young.
9. Everything that you have given me to do ……….. been completed.
10. Either Armando or Brigit ………… Paul on the piano.
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1. After the movie the group of teenagers went to McDonalds for a burger.
2. Everyone in Egypt ………. about the ancient pyramid of Khufu.
3. Either Earline or Helga ………. that four huge cathedrals could fit inside this pyramid.
4. How many of the wonders ……….. destroyed by earthquakes?
5. One of the wonders ……….. sold for scrap metal.
6. Jeremy and Angelo (is, are) building a model of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
7. A committee ………. on seven new wonders.
8. Anyone with a suggestion ……….  the right to submit it.
9. Many tall buildings in this country ……… being considered.
10. There ………… many modern creations that would qualify.
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1. Each of the exercises …………. about twenty minutes to complete.
2. She is the only one of the students who ……. failed the test.
3. The crying baby ……….. them.
4. The longest of the presentations …….. the next group.
5. The students and their teacher ……… traveling to the competition.
6. Either one of the choices ……….. going to disrupt the schedule.
7. This is the stereo system that ……….. been purchased most often in our store.
8. Nobody ………. to challenge the teacher when she is wrong.
9. The players or their coach …….. holding a press conference.
10. Neither of the students ……. been to Europe.
11. The problems ………. due to a misunderstanding.
12. Which …….. more interesting, the red jackets or the blue sweaters?
13. ……….. the manager or the assistant manager approached you?
14. Joan, as well as my sister, ………. in college now.
15. Several of the students ……….. left.
16. Both of the children …….. red notebooks.
17. One of the best known love stories ………. Romeo and Juliet.
18. Mathematics ……….. very difficult for many students to master.
19. She is one of the girls wh ………… long hair.
20. She or her sisters ……….. going.
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1. Each of the exercises …………. about twenty minutes to complete.
2. The ladies and the child ……….. planning to have pizza for lunch.
3. The teacher, along with her students, ……….. determined to have a good year.
4. Please tell me when John and Mary …………. to the store.
5. The class ………. a movie every Friday night.
6. The number of issues ………… to be increasing.
7. The husband and his wife …………  a convertible.
8. Hardly anyone ………. to her.
9. He or his sister ………… to visit Europe next summer.
10. She ………….  her dog for a walk each evening.
11. The brother and sister …………. to visit their aunt and uncle.
12. The high school senior, along with his parents, ……….. upset over the sudden policy change.
13. The songs they sing …………  in my mind all day.
14. Ten dollars ………..  too much to charge for such a small item.
15. She and her mother ………… on the phone almost every day.
16. The blue ones  ……… to match best.
17. Teenagers and their parents …………. things very differently.
18. She, against her aunt’s wishes, ………….. ecided to go skiing instead.
19. When the two of them ………… together, they always have fun.
20. He and his girlfriend ………… to go camping.