Subject-Verb Agreement, Basic Standards

Jared Aragona

Subject-verb agreement, basic standards: Agreement in speech and in writing refers to the proper grammatical match between words and phrases. Parts of sentences must agree, or correspond with other parts, in number, person, case, and gender.  -s & -es Endings with Person & Number

Singular (1)

First:                I work.

Second:           You work.

Third:             He works.

     She works.

                        It works.

(any noun)      The turntable works!


Plural (more than 1)

1st.                  We work.

2nd                  All of you (or y’all) work.

3rd                  They work.

(any noun)    People work.


Plural subjects have an “s” or “es” ending.  Their verbs do not.

Ants work.


The verb “to be”                                The verb “to have”                            The Verb “to do”

I am.                                                    I have                                                 I do

You are.                                              You have                                            You do

He/She/It is.                                    He/She/It has                                 He/She/It does

The dog is.                                         The dog has                                      The dog does

We are.                                               We have                                             We do

They are.                                            They have                                          They do

The dogs are.                                     The dogs have                                   The dogs do


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