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Title: Subject-Verb Agreement with Compound Subjects


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Subject-Verb Agreement with Compound Subjects
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What is a compound subject?
  • Two or more subjects that have the same verb

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How do you know it is plural?
  • Look at the way the subjects are joined
  • If they are joined using
  • and
  • bothand
  • the subject is plural, so a plural verb is
    needed.

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Examples of Plural Compound Subject
  • Both a grizzly bear and a bobcat live near here.
  • Robert and Charlotte spot them.

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How do you know if it is singular or plural?
  • Look at the way the subjects are joined
  • If they are joined using
  • or
  • nor
  • eitheror
  • neithernor
  • the verb must agree with the subject that is
    CLOSEST to it (the second subject).

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Examples of Compound Subject
Singular sub.
  • An eagle or a hawk soars in the sky.
  • Either the loon or its chicks swim nearby.
  • Neither the bears nor the bobcat crosses our
    path.

Singular verb
Plural sub.
Plural verb
Sing. sub.
Sing. verb
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Practice
  • A deer and a heron (wades, wade) in the lake.

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Practice
  • Both a coyote and an antelope (outruns, outrun) a
    bear.

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Practice
  • Neither hunting nor mining (is, are) allowed in
    protected areas.

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Practice
  • An alligator and an egret (hunts, hunt) for food
    in the swamp.

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Practice
  • Both Bryce Canyon Park and Yellowstone Park (has,
    have) wonderful hiking trails.

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Practice
  • Birds and insect life (thrives, thrive) in the
    swamp.

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Practice
  • Either experienced campers or the ranger (leads,
    lead) the evening talks.

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Practice
  • Neither heat nor mosquitoes (disturbs, disturb)
    us.

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Practice
  • Dams and pollution (is, are) destroying the swamp.

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Practice
  • Newspapers and television (reports, report) on
    this problem.

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Practice Is it correct?
  • Either the factories or the swamp are in danger.

is
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Practice Is it correct?
  • Both bears and frogs hibernate in winter.

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Practice Is it correct?
  • Neither alligators nor crocodiles likes the cold.

like
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Practice Is it correct?
  • The blue heron and the egret lives in the
    Everglades.

live
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Practice Is it correct?
  • Our national seashores and parks are a great
    resource.

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Practice Is it correct?
  • The grizzly bear and the polar bear is
    carnivorous.

are
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Practice Is it correct?
  • Both Florida and Hawaii have underwater parks.

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Practice Is it correct?
  • There is breeding sea lions and nesting birds
    at Channel Islands National Park in California.

are
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Practice Is it correct?
  • A rare orchid or brilliantly colored birds
    attracts many photographers.

attract
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Practice Is it correct?
  • Wolves and a large moose herd roams the Isle
    Royale National Park.

roam
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