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S11 eng10104 022811_subjectverbagreement

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S11 eng10104 022811_subjectverbagreement

  1. 1. Subject-Verb Agreement? <ul><li>Remember back to our previous discussions of paragraph and sentence unity in your writing. </li></ul><ul><li>Singular subjects use singular verbs.
  2. 2. Plural subjects take plural verbs.
  3. 3. See note for a nifty subject-verb agreement chart. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Is Versus Are! <ul><li>Is v Are </li></ul><ul><li>Hydrogen peroxide is an unstable compound.
  5. 5. Characters are not well developed in O Henry's short stories. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Pause.
  7. 7. Take a breath!!!
  8. 8. Questions? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Subject-Verb Agreement! <ul><li>When you are dealing with the present tense , add an &quot;s&quot; to the verb.
  10. 10. The President has the power to veto congressional legislation.
  11. 11. Singular nouns in the third person also include an &quot;s&quot; on the verb.
  12. 12. She frequently cites statistics to support her assertions.
  13. 13. See note for more about collective nouns , which refer to a singular group of people . </li></ul>
  14. 14. Even More Subject-Verb Agreement! <ul><li>When dealing with a plural noun, do not add an &quot;s&quot;
  15. 15. Experts recommend that dieters avoid salty processed meat.
  16. 16. Compound nouns will be determined by the closet noun to the verb .
  17. 17. See note for more about compound nouns and subjects . </li></ul>
  18. 18. Modifying Phrase! <ul><li>When some kind of modifying phrase comes between the subject and verb , the verb will still agree with the subject .
  19. 19. See note for more information and examples. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Subject-Verb Agreement!!! <ul><li>Group Work???!!!???
  21. 21. Psst! See the note on this slide for some tips about revising erroneous subject-verb agreement . </li></ul>
  22. 22. Group Work! <ul><li>Get in groups! Write the following sentences in regards to subject-verb agreement :
  23. 23. Two sentences using is and are .
  24. 24. One sentence using a singular noun in the third person.
  25. 25. One sentence using a plural noun .
  26. 26. Professor Wend will give you an example for collective nouns and compound nouns. </li></ul>