ABE English Tutorials/simple sentences/Subject-Verb Agreement
By now, you are probably very familiar with subjects and verbs. You'll remember that a subject is the main person, place or thing in a sentence; and the verb is what this main character does.
- Subjects and verbs are so important that without them, a sentence is just not a proper sentence.
- Verbs are usually not too difficult to find:
|The subject and the verb.||Verbs are the action words.||They are the "heart" of the sentence.|
|Find them in the sentence||Subjects are never found in a phrase.||Cross out all the phrases|
Words like "here" and "there" are almost never the subject of a sentence. Subjects are not always at the beginning of a sentence. And once you find the subject and the verb of a sentence, you have to make sure that they "agree" -- a plural (more than one) subject needs to have a plural verb, for example.}}
- First try to find the main verb (the "action") of the sentence. The subject will be the person, place or thing that is doing the action.
Once you do find the subject and the verb, ignore everything else in the sentence for a minute.Just put the subject and verb together and see how they sound. Subjects are never found in a phrase.