Subject-verb agreement | Class 3 grammar worksheets

The verb has to agree with the subject in number (singular/plural) and person (first person/second person/third person). A singular subject requires a singular verb. Likewise a plural subject requires a plural verb.

Do you understand the basic rules of subject-verb agreement?

Complete the following sentences using a verb form that agrees with the subject.

1. A large number of students …………….. absent today. (is / are)

2. The majority of criminals ………………. non-violent. (is / are)

3. A lot of problems ………………… caused by poverty. (is / are)

4. Our team ……………… won. (has / have)

5. The police ………………… caught the thief. (has / have)

6. My family …………….. four members. (has / have)

7. The information ……………….. correct. (is / are)

8. The news ………………. wrong. (is / are)

9. Gulliver’s Travels ………………. a famous book. (is / are)

10. A number of people ……………… gone missing. (have / has)

Answers

1. A large number of students are absent today.

2. The majority of criminals are non-violent.

3. A lot of problems are caused by poverty.

4. Our team has won.

5. The police have caught the thief.

6. My family has four members. (Collective nouns are usually followed by singular verbs. Plural verbs are also possible.)

7. The information is correct.

8. The news is wrong.

9. Gulliver’s Travels is a famous book. (Names of books are always singular.)

10. A number of people have gone missing. (Use a plural verb after ‘a number of…’ and a singular verb after ‘the number of …)

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