Problems with subject-verb agreement

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Published on September 25, 2014

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Written Expressions Questions for TOEFL ITP

Problems With Subject/verb agreement Skills 20-23

Skill 20: Make verbs agree after prepositional phrases When a prepositional phrase come between the subject and the verb, be sure that the verb agrees with the subject. S (prepositional phrase) V The key to the doors are in the drawer. The key to the doors is in the drawer. The keys to the door is in the drawer. The keys to the door are in the drawer.

Skill 21: Make verbs agree after expressions of quantity When the subject is an expression of quantity followed by the preposition of, the subject can be singular or plural, depending on what follows the preposition of. All of the book was interesting. Singular All of the books were interesting. Plural All of the information was interesting. Uncountable

When an expression of quantity is the subject the verb agrees with the object. ALL MOST SOME HALF OF THE (OBJECT) V All of the books are interesting.

Skill 22: Make invert verbs agree Question Negative Place V S Condition (no if) Comparison After question word, negative expressions, place expressions, conditions without if, and comparison, the verb agrees with the subject, which may be after the verb.

Behind the house was the bicycles I wanted. Behind the house were the bicycles I wanted. Behind the houses were the bicycle I wanted. Behind the houses was the bicycle I wanted.

Skill 23: Make verbs agree after certain word Certain words in English are always grammatically singular, even though they might have plurals meanings. These words or expressions are grammatically singular, so they take singular verbs: Anybody Everybody Nobody Somebody Anyone Everyone No one Someone anything Everything Nothing Something Each (+ noun) Every (+ noun)

Everybody are going to the theater. Everybody is going to the theater.

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