He doesn't understand the sign.
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Subject / Verb Agreement Continued

Definition:

When you have two or more nouns connected by and, use a plural auxiliary verb.

Example Sentence:

1. Mike and Tom are at the movies.

Use a singular auxiliary verb, when you have two or more singular nouns or pronouns connected by or or nor.

1. Mike or Tom read the book.

2. The dog and cat are fighting.

When a compound subject has both a singular and a plural noun or pronoun connected by "or" or "nor", the verb should agree with the part of the subject that is closest to the verb.

1. Mike or his friends are responsible for the accident.

2. Mike or Tom is going to the store.

3. Mike and Tom are going to the store.

Doesn't is a contraction of does not and should be used only with a singular subject. (Example 1)

Don't is a contraction of do not and should be used only with a plural subject. (Example 2)

The exception to this rule appears in the case of the first person and second person pronouns I and you. With these pronouns, the contraction don't should be used. (Example 3)

1. She doesn't want to go to the store.

2. They don't want to go to the store.

3. I don't want to go to the store.

4. You don't want to go to the store.

Words like each, each one, either, neither, everyone, everybody, anybody, anyone, nobody, somebody, someone, and no one are singular and require a singular verb.

1. Someone is going to the party.

2. Everybody is looking for the boy.

3. Nobody is running the race.

Nonnount nouns are also singular and need a singular verb.

1. The water is good.

2. The coffee tastes great.

3. The soda looks like Coke.

Count nouns can be both singular and plural. The verb needs to match the subject of the sentence.

1. The books are on the table.

2. The book is on the table.

Collective nouns are nouns that mean more than one person. Collective nouns are used with singular verbs. (Examples: team, group, party)

1. The team won the competition.

They don't understand the sign.
 
 
Exercise
Follow the rules of subject-verb agreement and choose the correct word for each sentence. The first sentence has been competed for you. English Logic will put a checkmark ) next to your correct answers.

1.
Seth and Airieann married.
2.
Mike or Ben guilty.
3.
Mike and his dogs taking a walk.
4.
Mike or his friend looking for the dog.
5.
He want to go to the store.
6.
They like traveling by car.
7.
Someone looking for the child's parents.
8.
The weather looking good.
9.
The computers broken.
10.
The club difficult to get into.


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