PE3011 English Language Studies and Teaching 1Grammar Lecture 8 : Usage Problems
(Reading : Greenbaum, p. 139 - 148)
Subject -Verb Agreement
The verb agrees with its subject in number and person.
affects the first verb in the verb phrase, whether it is a mainverb or an auxiliary.
Modal auxiliaries do not make distinctions in number or person.S-V Agr in the following situations:
Noun phrases with of- phrases as post-modifiers
What is the problem in the following sentences? Explain the problem and the rule violated.The teacher of these students are not here yet.
The head noun determines the number and personagreement.
A mistake to allow the verb to be influenced by an adjacentnoun in the of-phrasal modifier that is not the head noun.e.g.The noise of the demonstrators
distracting them.The noises of the demonstration
distracting them.A piece of cake
lost.(PartitiveStructure)Two pieces of cake