Subject-Verb Agreement

A. Making Verbs Agree in Person and Number with Subjects
Choose the verb that agrees with the subject in each sentence. (2 points each)
1 The pages of this Web site ---- you all

Form A

B. Making Verbs Agree with Indefinite Pronoun Subjects
Choose the verb that agrees with the subject in each sentence. (2 points each)
9 Some of the old motors ---- as if new. A start B starts 10 Neither of the singers ---- in very good

the information you need on the topic of cows. A give B gives
2 The dishes in the sink ---- all greasy. F is G are 3 The woman with the stroller holding

voice tonight. F is G are
11 After Eb worked most of the day, most

two babies ---- a walk past my house almost every afternoon. A take B takes
4 Several special deals advertised in

of the wood stain ---- still in the can and not on the doors. A was B were
12 All of the passengers ---- asked that the

today’s paper ---- in effect for only one day. F is G are
5 After I heard the traffic report on the

air conditioning be turned off. F has G have
13 Several of the ham sandwiches ---- still

radio, I ---- even more happy that today is a free day for us. A was B were
6 At the sidewalk cafe, vibrations from

available. A is B are
14 Someone in those apartments ---- a car

in front of our house every day. F leave G leaves
15 None of the music on these CDs ----

any passing truck ---- the dishes on the tables. F shake G shakes
7 A collection of rare stamps ----

familiar to me. A sound B sounds
16 Both of the recipes ---- for garlic and

scheduled to be auctioned off at the fundraiser. A is B are
8 Roots of the maple tree ---- the sewer

fresh pepper. F call G calls
17 ---- anyone know the combination to the

pipe leading from our house. F block G blocks

supply locker? A Do B Does

C. Using Verbs That Agree with Compound Subjects
Choose the verb that agrees with the subject in each sentence. (3 points each)
18 Neither the local affiliates nor the

D. Dealing with Confusing Subjects
Look for errors in the sentences. When you find an error, mark the letter of the line containing the error. If there is no error, fill in the last answer space. (3 points each)
25 A B C D 26 F G H J 27 A B C D 28 F G H J 29 A B C D 30 F G H J 31 A B C D 32 F G H J 33 A B C D

network ---- expressed interest in yet another story about patterns cut into corn fields. F has G have
19 Either high winds or the lightning ----

Is measles a disease that can be avoided with an inoculation? (No error) Fathers and Sons were required reading for the honors English class. (No error) The staff at Suburban Hospital has more cars than the tiny staff parking lot will hold. (No error) Whenever we schedule the meeting is too early for Lenny. (No error) When I come inside on a cold day, my glasses steams up. (No error) Roughly two-thirds of the lawn need to be replaced. (No error) To launch communications satellites are the mission of the start-up company. (No error) A national chess group run a national competition, which we will enter. (No error) At least two-tenths of the crew has experience on sailboats. (No error)

responsible for the outage. A was B were
20 Rhythm and blues ---- the theme of the F G

musical review. was were

21 High-tech toys and traditional games ----

for children’s attention. A compete B competes
22 The man who brought in the damaged

lamp or his sons ---- brought in the sales receipt, too. F has G have
23 Each hardcover and paperback on that

table ---- 50 cents. A cost B costs
24 Neither the director nor the actors ----

how the story will end. F know G knows

F. Solving Special Sentence Problems
Choose the verb that agrees with the subject in each sentence. (3 points each)
34 Whenever possible, ---- yourself enough

time to review the answers before turning in the test. F give G gives
35 The racecar drivers who ----

professionally must pay incredibly high insurance premiums. A compete B competes
36 The worst damage caused by my dog

---- scratches on the windowsills all over the house. F is G are
37 Through the tunnel and on toward the

finish line ---- the plastic ducks. A float B floats
38 This message is for everyone who ----

the evening shift at Blakely Industries. F work G works
39 Here ---- what is left of the picnic lunch. A lie B lies

Subject-Verb Agreement
A. Making Verbs Agree in Person and Number with Subjects
Choose the verb that agrees with the subject in each sentence. (2 points each)
1 The strong wind rattling the windows

Form B

B. Making Verbs Agree with Indefinite Pronoun Subjects
Choose the verb that agrees with the subject in each sentence. (2 points each)
9 Something among the shadowy shapes

---- everyone in the lunchroom. A disturb B disturbs
2 Reggie’s promises to his girlfriend ----

---- when you aren’t watching. A move B moves
10 All of my cotton socks ---- holes in the

forgotten by the time he left the room. F was G were
3 She, of all people, ---- what it means to

toe. F has G have
11 A few of the stamps ---- off easily, so

feel ignored. A know B knows
4 Contributions to the hunger center ----

check the envelopes before dropping them into the mailbox. A come B comes
12 Since the repairs and repainting, none of

up in the weeks before Thanksgiving. F go G goes
5 I understand that you ---- the honor of

the ceiling ---- where the leak was. F betray G betrays
13 Somebody passing out political flyers

accompanying my brother to the dance. A has B have
6 Bright colors on the walls of a room

---- wearing an “I Like Ike” button. A was B were
14 Many from Dr. Steve’s department at

often ---- people feel more energetic than more somber tones. F make G makes
7 Bank fees on the typical customer’s

the university ---- his plan for improving admission guidelines. F support G supports
15 Most of Toni’s stew ---- been eaten

account ---- every year. A rise B rises
8 Admission prices at the Jewel Theater

already. A has B have
16 Either of the courses ---- graduation

---- only a dollar before 5:00 p.m. F is G are

requirements. F satisfy G satisfies
17 More of the trick-or-treaters ---- coming

up the walk. A is B are

C. Using Verbs That Agree with Compound Subjects
Choose the verb that agrees with the subject in each sentence. (3 points each)
18 Either you or he ---- the best time in

D. Dealing with Confusing Subjects
Look for errors in the sentences. When you find an error, mark the letter of the line containing the error. If there is no error, fill in the last answer space. (3 points each)
25 A B C D 26 F G H J 27 A B C D 28 F G H J 29 A B C D 30 F G H J 31 A B C D 32 F G H J 33 A B C D

this heat. F has G have
19 Every dish and cup ---- washed and put

Six feet are the average height of players on our basketball team. (No error) Shaking hands are the usual greeting in most countries. (No error) The scissors for a left-handed user is in the drawer. (No error) Our board of directors bring their individual prejudices with them. (No error) About three-fourths of the houses in the development has been sold already. (No error) Whoever sits in the front rows get a sore neck from looking up at the screen. (No error) The herd of cattle have been sold at a loss because of the drought (No error) Three-tenths of the precipitation during the last two months have been in the form of snow. (No error) Have The Pines of Rome been recorded by a major orchestra during the past year? (No error)

away. A was B were
20 A weed-filled lawn and cracked

concrete in the driveway ---- from the appearance of the house. F detract G detracts
21 Neither the director of the company nor

its owner ---- to comment on the situation. A want B wants
22 Macaroni and cheese ---- almost always

on all-you-can-eat buffets. F is G are
23 Every purse and piece of luggage ----

searched at the door. A is B are
24 ---- either the lilac bush or the tulips

suffered from the freezing temperatures? F Has G Have

F. Solving Special Sentence Problems
Choose the verb that agrees with the subject in each sentence. (3 points each)
34 All but two of the doctors who ----

interviewed for the article had already diagnosed cases of the new flu strain. F was G were
35 Rising from the lizard’s back like a

miniature mountain range ---- pointed scales. A was B were
36 There ---- probably good reasons for

Darren’s absence. F is G are
37 The pink and blue blankets ---- my gift

for Leslie’s baby shower. A is B are
38 Deep under the waters of the lagoon

---- several large, green, mysterious creatures. F swim G swims
39 Nobody who ---- at this spectacular

show will ever forget the experience! A attend B attends

Answer Key
Subject-Verb Agreement
Pages 65–67, Form A 1. A 2. G 3. B 4. G 5. A 6. F 7. A 8. F 9. A 10. F 11. A 12. G 13. B 14. G 15. B 16. F 17. B 18. F 19. A 20. F 21. A 22. G 23. B 24. F 25. D 26. F 27. B 28. J 29. C 30. G 31. B 32. G 33. C 34. F 35. A 36. F 37. A 38. G 39. B Pages 68–70, Form B 1. B 2. G 3. B 4. F 5. B 6. F 7. A 8. G
10. G 11. A 12. G 13. A 14. F 15. A 16. G 17. B 18. F 19. A 20. F 21. B 22. F 23. A 24. F 25. A 26. G 27. C 28. J 29. C 30. G 31. B 32. G 33. A 34. G 35. B 36. G 37. B 38. F 39. B

9. B

Answer Key
Subject-Verb Agreement
Pages 65–67, Form A 1. A 2. G 3. B 4. G 5. A 6. F 7. A 8. F 9. A 10. F 11. A 12. G 13. B 14. G 15. B 16. F 17. B 18. F 19. A 20. F 21. A 22. G 23. B 24. F 25. D 26. F 27. B 28. J 29. C 30. G 31. B 32. G 33. C 34. F 35. A 36. F 37. A 38. G 39. B Pages 68–70, Form B 1. B 2. G 3. B 4. F 5. B 6. F 7. A 8. G
10. G 11. A 12. G 13. A 14. F 15. A 16. G 17. B 18. F 19. A 20. F 21. B 22. F 23. A 24. F 25. A 26. G 27. C 28. J 29. C 30. G 31. B 32. G 33. A 34. G 35. B 36. G 37. B 38. F 39. B

9. B

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