Verbs - Sigular and Plural
Read these sentences.
1. The child laugh at the clown.
2. The children laugh at the clown.
The verb in sentence (1.), 'laughs' is a singular verb because the subject 'child' is a singular subject.
In sentence (2.), the subject is 'children' which is a plural noun and so the verb also changes to a plural verb 'laugh'.
Every sentence has a subject and a verb and the subject and the verb must agree in number.
- If the subject in a sentence is singular, the verb should also be singular.
The dog lives
in the park.
- If the subject in a sentence is plural, the verb should also be plural.
The dogs live
in the park.
- 'You' always has a plural verb.
1. Mona and Sona are
Mona and Sona-
2. He and Tanu have
He and Tanu-
- We also know that collective nouns like 'band', 'bouquet' and so on are treated as single units and so they take singular verbs.
The band plays
very good music.
collective noun treated as a single unit
- Even if a singular subject ends with 's' such as 'news', or names of books such as 'A round the World in 80 Days' the verb will be singular.
1. 'A round the World in 80 Days' is
my favourite book.
2. This news is
the latest on Japan's earthquake.
Let us read some more examples to see how verbs changes forms to agree with the subjects.
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