Tips And Tricks And Shortcuts On Subject-Verb Agreement

Error Identification Tips and Tricks and Shortcuts:

  • Subject-verb agreement is an extremely basic segment of English language.
  • It means that the subject should agree with the verb in a sentence.
  • The key here is to check whether the verb agrees with the subject in terms of both number and person.
  • However, these questions sometimes gets tricky when it comes to certain thrown-up elements in a sentence.

Basic- Subject Verb Agreement Tips and Tricks and Shortcuts

Tip 1- Indefinite Pronouns are considered singular and require singular verb.

  • List of Indefinite Pronoun.
    anybody, anyone, no one, nothing, something, whatever, whoever.
  • Example– Everybody wants to do party.
    want is plural form of verb
    Correct form:- Ram and Shyam want to do party.

Tips 2- Depending on usage Indefinite pronoun may be singular or plural. There are basically 5 indefinite Noun.

  • Indefinite pronoun AANSM ( All, Any, None, Some, Must/More).
  • You can use finger tips AANSM to remember 5 indefinite pronoun.
    • Now, important thing is to on which criteria we can find noun is singular or plural. There are few common rules to understand.
      • Countable Noun( nouns for which plural form are available), then there is plural form of verbs
      • Uncountable Noun ( nouns for which only singular form are available ), then there is singular form of verbs
  • Countable Noun Example
    Many of the ladies are going out.
    (ii) Most of the students were doing party on annual function.
    Here we can see in both cases ladies and students are plural and verbs also are and were.
  • Uncountable Noun Example
    In party, some drinks are needed.
    (ii) Love is an extra-ordinary feeling.
    Here in both cases we can see that drinks and love are uncountable noun( uncountable noun cannot be count thus it doesn’t have its plural forms) and hence we consider these are singular form of verbs.

Tip 3- Verbs between singular and plural noun

  • Sentence which have singular subject and plural predicted noun here the problem is.
  • Important trick that to be memorized is verbs all go with subject, doesn’t matter what come later.
  • To, avoid the confusion rewrite the sentence to clear the subject and predicted noun singular.
    • For Example-
      Wrong- Sana necklace were shiny object.
      Correct- Sana necklace was shiny object.
      Re-write- Shinny object were Sana necklace.
      Re-write- Sana was constantly distracted by shiny object.

Tip 4- If the verb are not certain always use the plural verb, although the subject is singular.

  • In sentence which expresses feeling, wish, desire or condition there ‘were’ is removed by ‘was’
    • For Example:-
      I wish I was King
      (ii) I had a deep feeling for Kristen Stewart

Type 1. General Questions

Question 1.

Fill the correct form of verb in the blank:

The woman and her husband ____ to the same tribe.

A. Belong
B. Belongs
C. Belonging
D. are belong

Correct Answer: B


The subject that is woman and husband are person, which takes ‘es’ or ‘s’ with them. Therefore, belongs is the right answer.

Question 2.

Detect error in the below sentence:

Everyone _____ to stand up when the Principal comes.

A. Needs
B. Need
C. Needing
D. None of the above

Correct Answer: A


Although the sentence is in plural form but will be considered singularly. Therefore singular verb “need” will come in the blank.

Hence Option A is the correct one.

Question 3.

Replace the underlined word by choosing the correct option:

A large amount of money were deducted from the account.

A. has
B. have
C. was
D. none

Correct Answer: C


The noun here is uncountable, as we are not sure how much money is deducted. Therefore, “was” should be used instead of “were.”

Read Also: How to solve Subject-verb agreement questions

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