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85 Chapter 9. Reaching an Agreement: Matching Sentence Parts In This Chapter · Define agreement · Learn how to make subjects and verbs agree · Learn how to make pronouns and antecedents agree So a man said to his dentist, "Doctor, my teeth are yellow. What should I do?" "Wear a brown tie," the dentist suggested. That's all that agreement is about: matching. In this chapter, you learn how to match subjects and verbs, pronouns and antecedents, and maybe even a few outfits. You find out how agreement works with collective nouns and indefinite pronouns, too. Agreement is a biggie, because it occurs at least once a sentence. By the end of this chapter, your subjects and verbs will go together like Romeo and Juliet, Ben and Jerry, and Bert and Ernie. Anyone Got a Match? Agreement means that sentence parts match. Subjects must agree with verbs and pronouns must agree with antecedents. Otherwise, your sentences will sound awkward and jarring, like yellow teeth with a red tie. The basic rule of sentence agreement is really quite simple: A subject must agree with its verb in number. (Number means amount. The number can be singular --one--or plural --more than one.) Here's how it works. You Could Look It Up Agreement means that sentence parts match. Subjects must agree with verbs, and pronouns must agree with antecedents. Singular subjects need singular verbs; plural subjects need plural verbs. In grammar, number refers to the two forms of a word: singular (one) or plural (more than one).