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Chapter 9. Reaching an Agreement: Matchi... > Agree to Disagree - Pg. 93

Reaching an Agreement: Matching Sentence Parts 93 Mix and Match You know the drill, so sharpen your pencils and get crackin' with the following 10 items. In each case, choose the verb that agrees with the subject. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. There (is/are) a method to this madness. The hostess trilled: "The Bengels (are/is) here!" One reason for her success (was/were) her sunny personality. The many mistakes made by the tour guide in giving directions (was/were) the reason we fired her. (Does/Do) fig trees grow in this region? (Is/Are) some the pie still in the refrigerator? (Here's/Here are) more freeloaders for the open-house. There (was/were) two good reasons for his decision. Another example of Juan's fine leadership (is/are) the excellent roads. Here (is/are) two gifts I'd especially like to receive: a wheelbarrow filled with cash and a dia- mond as big as the Ritz. Answers 1. is 2. are 3. was 4. were 5. Do 6. Is 7. Here are 8. were 9. is 10. are Agree to Disagree Like subjects and verbs, pronouns and antecedents (the words to which they refer) must agree. A pronoun replaces a noun. To make sure that your writing is clear, always use the noun before using the pronoun. Follow these rules to make sure that your pronouns and antecedents get on well: 1. A pronoun agrees (or matches) its antecedent in number, person, and gender. · Number is amount: singular or plural. · Person refers to the first person, second person, or third person (the person speaking, the person spoken to, or the person spoken about). · Gender refers to masculine, feminine, or neuter references . He and him are masculine in gender, she and her are feminine, and it and its are neuter. Danger, Will Robinson Not all verbs add - s or - es when they become plural. For example words that end in - y, such as fry, change the - y to - i before adding - es. So I fry becomes he fries. Be on the lookout for the different ways that verbs form their plurals. For example: Louise gave her paycheck straight to the orthodontist. Both the antecedent Louise and the pronoun her are singular, in the third person, and feminine in gender.