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Chapter 2. Insuring Subject-Verb Agreement > Activity A. Language Arts Recall

Activity A. Language Arts Recall

Subject–Verb Agreement

A verb must agree with its subject in number and person.

A subject is a noun or pronoun that identifies what is being discussed. The subject is a person, a place, a thing, or an idea.

A verb expresses action or a state of being. A verb tells what the subject is doing or how the subject is feeling.

Rule 2.1:

A singular subject takes a singular verb; a plural subject takes a plural verb.

Examples: The agent is planning a seminar on life insurance. (singular subject, singular verb)

The two insurance plans offer similar benefits. (plural subject, plural verb)

Note: An “s” after a regular verb indicates a singular number.

Example: An employee requests.

The employees request.

Rule 2.2:

A subject that has two nouns joined by “and” takes a plural verb. (compound subject)

Example: Kevin and Maria are submitting a claims form for their property damage. (compound subject, plural verb)

Rule 2.3:

A collective noun (a group of individuals acting as a whole) takes a singular verb.

Example: The committee is revising automobile insurance policies.

Rule 2.4:

The pronoun “you” takes the same verb as a plural subject.

Example: You are eligible for a discount on your homeowner's policy.


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