Subject-Verb Agreement -Practice

The subject-verb agreement test in this section contains 10 questions that will assess your knowledge of the topic.

Read the questions carefully and select the correct verb. The correct verb is in agreement with the subject.

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1. The subject of a sentence must agree with the verb. Clue: Make the subject and verb agree when words intervene between them.

The rhythm of the pounding waves _____ calming.
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B.

Question 1 of 12

2. The subject of a sentence must agree with the verb.  Clue: Make the subject and verb agree when words intervene between them.

All of the dogs in the neighborhood _____ barking. 
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B.

Question 2 of 12

3. Choose the correct verb that agrees with the subject. Clue: Subjects joined by and are usually plural. My friends and my mother _____ each other. 
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B.

Question 3 of 12

4. Choose the sentence that has an error in subject-verb agreement. Clue: Subjects joined by and are usually plural.The team and the band _____ on the field. 
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Question 4 of 12

5. Choose the correct verb so that subject and verb agree. Clue: Singular subjects joined by or, either . . . or, neither . . . nor take a singular verb.John or Doris _____ to us regularly. 
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B.

Question 5 of 12

6. Choose the correct verb so that subject and verb agree. Clue: Singular subjects joined by or, either . . . or, neither . . . nor take a singular verb.Either Patty or Tom _____ asked to lead the meeting. 
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B.

Question 6 of 12

7. Choose the correct verb that agrees with the subject. Clue: If one subject is singular and one is plural, the verb agrees with the nearer subject.Neither the basket nor the apples _____ expensive. 
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Question 7 of 12

8. Choose the correct verb that agrees with the subject. Clue: If one subject is singular and one is plural, the verb agrees with the nearer subject.Neither the apples nor the basket _____ expensive.
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B.

Question 8 of 12

9. Choose the correct verb that agrees with the subject. Clue: The verb also agrees with the nearer subject in person.Either Maria or you _____ late for class. 
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B.

Question 9 of 12

10. Choose the correct verb that agrees with the subject. Clue: The verb also agrees with the nearer subject in person. Either you or Maria _____ late for class.
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B.

Question 10 of 12

11. Choose the correct verb that agrees with the subject. Clue: When used as subjects, such words as each, either, one, everybody, and anyone regularly take singular verbs.Neither of them _____ going to the show. 
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Question 11 of 12

12. Choose the correct verb that agrees with the subject. Clue: When used as subjects, such words as each, either, one, everybody, and anyone regularly take singular verbs.Each of them _____ a good seat.
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Question 12 of 12


 

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When you open the test, clues (or rules) are provided for each question at the top of the page.
Correct answers are included at the end of the test.

Rules on Subject-verb agreement

Neither the oranges nor the fruit basket is expensive.

The Rule: When a subject is joined by either, or … neither, nor … the verb must always agree with the nearest placed subject.

There are questions, however, that include collective nouns and quite a few students experience serious troubles when dealing with collective nouns in relation to the subject-verb agreement.

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Keep in mind that the number of the sentence’s subject (plural or singular) is never changed by the words that are placed in between the sentence’s subject and verb.

Just look at his sentence: One of the legs of those tables is broken.

This is a “learning” practice test. All questions come with a “clue” or “rule” that is accompanying the question.

When you take enough time and learn how to best apply each ‘rule’ or ‘clue’ to the corresponding question, you will be able to come up with the appropriate answer to all of the questions.  You can take this practice test as often as you would like. You can retake this practice test until you manage to apply all of the subject-verb agreement rules in these questions.

Last Updated on June 12, 2022.