English for Academic Studies (Workshop) Session 2: Common ESL Errors ISemester 1, 2009/10 ©PolyU HKCC1
Session 2: Common ESL Errors I (Subject-Verb Agreement)Part A: Diagnostic Test
Some sentences below are not correct. Identify the mistake and write the correctform of verb in the space provided. Put a “
” if no mistake is found.
While technological advancement have greatly widened the
communication channels around the globe, dissipating national, political
and economic boundaries, it do not necessarily bring people closer. With
more communication pathways, communication between people do not
appear to be more effective. For one, face-to-face interactions shrinks –
youngsters prefers browsing through the Internet and playing online
games than socializing with others. For the other, the popularity of the
virtual world make deception and fraud easier. Any ordinary person can
assume several identities, not to mention those professional fraudsters
who creates multiple identities, just to reap profits through
deception. Such is the unintentional fruit of technological advancement.
Part B: Key Points Review (Subject-verb agreement)Basic principle:
In English, the number of the subject must correspond with thenumber of the verb.
Put simply, singular subjects take singular verbs; pluralsubjects take plural verbs.
REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING RULES WHEN YOU WRITE: