Subject-Verb Agreement

Nicholas C. Rossis

The other day, I was writing an answer in Quora. “Vitamins are essential to our body,” I wanted to say. Then, I paused. Should it be, “…to our bodies”?

My previous post explored the difference between historic and historical. Today’s post continues on the same trend, dealing with another curveball grammar throws us: subject-verb agreement. We have Sumita Tah to thank for the detailed explanation and examples that clear away this confusing issue.

Subject-Verb Agreement

Grammar | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

Verb must agree with its Subject in Number and Person. A singular subject takes a singular verb. A plural subject takes a plural verb. So, how does this work in practice? Here are the rules.

1. Two or more singular subjects joined by ‘and’ usually take a plural verb

E.g. – Raman and Harry work hard.

Air and water are necessary for survival.

Nancy and I were the hosts of…

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