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Subject & Verb Agreement When Subject Follows Verb

Learn the rule of subject and verb agreement when the subject follows the verb from Gotham Writers' Workshop instructor Stephanie Paterik in this Howcast grammar video.

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The most common sentence structure in the English language involves a subject followed by a verb. So one example is, I love ice cream. I being the subject, love being the verb.You eat peas. The weather is sunny. But sometimes, sentences get more complicated, and the verb will come before the subject. So I am going to tell you how to make sure your subject and verb agree, when the verb comes before the subject. So here is an example, our sentence is inside macys, sit or sits santa. Let start by finding the verb. The verb is sit or sits because that is the action.

And Santa is our actor, so he is our subject. So we need these two words to agree. In this case, Santa is singular so we need the singular form of the word sit. So it should be, inside macys sits Santa. We add an s to the end of that verb to get the singular form. Let me give you one more example by making this sentence a little more complicated. So say we change the sentence to, inside macys sit or sits Santa and his elves.

Well now we have more than one person in the subject. We have Santa and his elves. That means that our subject is now plural and we need the plural form of the verb sit. So in this case, we choose, inside macys sit Santa and his elves. We dropped the s, and we go for the plural verb. So that is how you make sure that your verb and your subject agree when your verb comes before your subject in the sentence.

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