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
Base Form of Verb:
|Subject (noun)||Verb (action)|
|Singular||he / she / it||learns|
learn , walk , like , have (irregular), do
|Simple Present Singular|
|Third Person||he / she / it||likes||has||does|
|Simple Present Plural|
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 walkHowever
Be careful for irregular verbs, and for which the -s rule does not apply.
Example: He studies
, She has, It does