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.

He walks
She sleeps
It jumps

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

They walk
They sleep
They jump

Attention:
Watch out for irregular forms, for which the -s rule does not apply.

He studies
She has
It does
He catches
It flies
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