[Grammar] 5 Basic Rules For Subject-Verb Agreement

Hi guys! Do you still remember what we learned in the last episode? Yes! We talked about sense verbs! Here are the answers:

1. Stative
2. Dynamic

Today we will learn something more challenging — Subject Verb Agreement.

Please watch the video lesson first and finish the exercise!


1. When the subject is plural, you need to add an “s” after your noun, but you don’t need to add an “s” to your verb. 

Compare the sentences below:

The cars look expensive.

The car looks expensive.

2. Third person singular

Remember, I and you are different. They take plural verb form.

Compare the sentences below:

I like going to the cinema.

She likes going to the cinema

3. Auxiliary verbs (or helping verbs, e.g. do/does; am/is/are/was were and have/has)

In this case, a sentence has two verbs, the auxiliary verb and the main verb. Only the auxiliary verb should agree with the noun. 

The dogs don’t want it.

The dog doesn’t want it.

4. Modal verbs (may/would/could/will/must/should…)

The modal verbs are never in the “s” form. The main verb after the modal verb is always infinitive.

My friend might come. √  

My friend might comes. ×

5. Indefinite pronoun (everybody/anybody/something/anything)

Nobody wants to be hated.

Everybody wants to be loved.


Fill in the blanks with correct verb forms

1. Jane and Mary _____(look) alike.

2. Everything around us ____ (be) matter.

3. The football team might ____ (lose) the game.

That’s all for today!

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