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Single subject, single verb

If the subject is singular the verb must be singular. If the subject is plural the verb must be plural.

A cat is walking along a line of dogs which are standing.

The cat is walking, but the dogs are standing.

• The child goes to school every day.
(Child is singular + go + es for he/she/it)
• The children go to school every day.
(Children is plural + go. No – es because children is they)
• If people want to be good at something, they have to work hard.
• If you want to be good at something, you have to work hard.

Remember: Single subject, single verb. Plural subject, plural verb.
  • Exercise 1

    Remember: Single subject, single verb. Plural subject, plural verb.

    Use is or are to complete each sentence.

    Remember: Single subject, single verb. Plural subject, plural verb.

    Use is or are to complete each sentence.

    Exercise 2

    Remember: Single subject, single verb. Plural subject, plural verb.

    Use one of the words in brackets to complete each sentence.

    Remember: Single subject, single verb. Plural subject, plural verb.

    Use one of the words in brackets to complete each sentence.

    Exercise 3

    Choose from the verbs in brackets to complete each sentence.

    Choose from the verbs in brackets to complete each sentence.

    Exercise 4

    Are these sentences correct or wrong?

    Are these sentences correct or wrong?

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