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Subject Verb Agreement


A singular subject must always be matched with a singular verb, and a plural subject must always be matched with a plural verb. See details below for subject verb agreement rules with examples.

The verb is affected only when in PRESENT tense, for the THIRD person.

Exercises:

Subject Verb Agreement PDF
Subject (noun)Verb (action)
Singularhe / she / itlearns
Pluraltheylearn


Base Form of Verb: learn , walk , like , have (irregular), do


Simple Present Singular
First Person:Ilikehavedo
Second Personyoulikehavedo
Third Personhe / she / itlikeshasdoes



Simple Present Plural
First Personwelikehavedo
Second Personyoulikehavedo
Third Persontheylikehavedo


In general, when the subject is singular, use the -s form of the verb.

Example: He walks

In general, when the subject is plural, use the base form of the verb.

Example: They walk

However

Be careful for irregular verbs, and for which the -s rule does not apply.

Example: He studies, She has, It does...