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Verbs - Agreement

A verb must 'agree' with its subject.

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Lecturer Name: Steve Harriman
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If the subject is single (one), the verb must be singular.

If the subject is plural (more than one), the verb must be plural.

Example
The girl runs.
The girls run.

The verb may agree with a subject which is a pronoun i.e. I, he/she/it, we, you, they.

Example
She runs.
They run.

The above may sound obvious, but people often get it wrong.

Look at the next section 'Common mistakes'. These mistakes can mean the reader does not know what the verb refers to, especially in long sentences. This affects understanding.

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