Subject-Verb Agreement Questions and Answers

Subject-Verb Agreement Questions

A simple subject-verb agreement explanation indicates that the subject of the sentence, as well as the verb of the sentence, should be in agreement in total. Subject-verb agreement is an extremely basic segment of English language. It explains that the subject must agree with the verb in the sentence. The point here is to identify whether the verb agrees with the subject in terms of both number and person. Though, solving such basic questions at times becomes complicated when it comes to a number of thrown-up parts in a sentence. On this page we’ll learn to solve the Subject-Verb Agreement Questions and Answers – 

Relative Pronoun Questions

Rules for Subject-Verb Agreement Questions – 

  • It is important to have basic knowledge of English grammar as here you need to know all the basic verbs and grammar formulas.
  • Indefinite pronouns like everyone, someone, each one, anybody, somebody, anybody, and more always take singular verbs with them.
  • In a sentence, if the subjects are united by ‘either or’ or ‘neither nor’, plus are of dissimilar persons, the verb is compulsory to agree in person as well as a number with its neighbouring noun.
  • With words like a number of, many, etc. always take plural form with it. On the other hand ‘the number of’ will always remain singular as it speaks about ‘the’, used for a specific thing.
  • The verb becomes plural when there are two subjects combined by “and.”
  • The verb becomes singular when there are two nouns in singular forms combined by ‘and’, stating a single person or thing.
  •  Here we have some practice questions for Subject-Verb Agreement – 

For Example-

  • The list of grocery items is/are on the dining table.
    • Here list is the subject which is singular, so we choose ‘is’ as the verb.
  • The lists of every items are kept on the dining table
    • Here, the ‘lists’ is the plural subject, hence we take ‘are’.
     Here we have some practice questions for Subject-Verb Agreement –

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1. Samantha’s mother were kill in the car accident. Five months ago.

Was killed

Was killed

87.85%

Is kill

Is kill

2.82%

Was kill

Was kill

6.72%

None of the above.

None of the above.

2.6%

Since the sentence is in simple past tense, therefore “was Killed’ will come in place of were kill.

2. Tom imitates his father and does whatever his father was do.

Does

Does

54.08%

Did

Did

24.72%

Is doing

Is doing

18.98%

None of the above

None of the above

2.21%

Since the sentence is in simple present tense, therefore “does” will come in place of “was do”. Also 'do' is a plural verb but the subject father is singular, so it will take 'does.'

3. Everyone -------to stand up when the Principal comes.

Needs

Needs

76.42%

Need

Need

21.54%

Needing

Needing

1.59%

None of the above.

None of the above.

0.45%

Whenever we have 'everyone' in a sentence, it is considered to be singular, hence we take the singular verb 'needs'.

4. The bananas now are perfectly riped to be plucked.

Ripen

Ripen

49.43%

Ripe

Ripe

37.7%

Riping

Riping

4.6%

None of the above

None of the above

8.28%

Since the sentence is in the simple present tense, therefore “ripe” will come in place of riped.

5. Either my father or my mother ----- going to attend the parent-teacher meeting in school.

Is

Is

70.52%

Are

Are

20.39%

Were

Were

7.86%

None of the above

None of the above

1.23%

Since the sentence is in the singular form as the term either is used. Therefore “is" will come in the blank.

6. Sam had procrastinating for so long that he missed the job opportunity.

Procrastinated

Procrastinated

81.95%

Procrastinate

Procrastinate

10.28%

Procrastination

Procrastination

5.51%

Procrastinations

Procrastinations

2.26%

Since the sentence is in the past perfect tense, except the bold, italicized word the main verb should be in third verb form i.e. procrastinated.

7. “We had been seen his performance already. “

Have

Have

56.45%

Had

Had

38.93%

Will

Will

2.43%

None of the above.

None of the above.

2.19%

Since the sentence is in present perfect tense except for the part of the sentence in bold letters. Hence it has to be replaced with 'have'.

8. Sam washing the floor when the maid had gone.

Washed

Washed

78.19%

Wash

Wash

7.84%

Is washing

Is washing

12.75%

None of the above.

None of the above.

1.23%

The whole sentence is in past perfect tense except the block-lettered word. It will be replaced by washed.

9. Today we ----------- Newton’s law of gravity

Are studying

Are studying

40.4%

Will be studying

Will be studying

52.37%

Were studying

Were studying

6.73%

None of the above

None of the above

0.5%

The sentence here shows us that the structure would be in future tense. Because we have only future continuous tense in the options we will choose that as the answer.

10. Yesterday at this time I------ Seattle.

Were in

Were in

12.72%

Was in

Was in

75.31%

Will be in

Will be in

10.47%

None of the above

None of the above

1.5%

The use of the time frame 'yesterday' shows that the sentence context is in the past hence we use 'was' to complete the sentence.

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