Elements of Language: 8th Grade - Agreement (Ch. 17)
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Words that refer to one person, place, thing, or idea are generally “singular” in number. Words that refer to more than one person, place, thing, or idea are generally “plural” in number. A subject and verb “agree” when they have the same number. The number of a subject is not changed by a phrase following the subject. Subjects joined by “and” generally take a plural verb. Singular subjects that are joined by “or” or “nor” take a singular verb. Plural subjects joined by “or” or “nor” take a plural verb. When a singular subject and a plural subject are joined by “or” or “nor,” the verb agrees with the subject nearer the verb. When the subject follows the verb, find the subject and make sure that the verb agrees with it. The word “don’t” is the contraction of “do not.” Use “don’t” with all plural subjects and with the pronouns “I” and “you.” The word “doesn’t” is the contraction of “does not.” Use “doesn’t” with all singular subjects except the pronouns “I” and “you.” A pronoun should agree in gender with its antecedent. A pronoun should agree with its antecedent in number.
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