Friday, 12 August 2016

ENglish - VinglisH!

Dear Students,

English Section in the exam is a section where some students score very well but others even fail to clear cut-off. Learning Grammar is really essential to score good marks. But, what happens is that students from various boards where lesser attention is paid on English language fail to apply grammar during the examination even if they know the rules. 

So, conclusion is that practicing in some interesting way so that the things remain intact in your mind is important. Keeping this in mind, we have launched this series of "ENglish - VinglisH". We have discussed some basic sentence errors and use of some basic words in English. Also, we are done with Tenses and have completed the basics of VERB as well. Now we will learn about "Subject Verb Agreement"

This is the 32nd post of ENglish - VinglisH. Hope you people like it.

So, lets start now!!

SUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENT

One of the most common grammatical problems is failure to make the subject and verb agree with each other in a sentence. Verb should always agree with the subject. So, there are some set of rules which must be followed in order to frame a correct sentence.

The basic fundamental behind every sentence is same i.e. Single subjects take singular verbs. Plural subjects take plural verbs.

Single subjects take singular verbs. Plural subjects take plural verbs.

Singular words means there is only one person or thing.
Example:
The bell rings. Amitabh plays.

Plural words mean to be more than one person or thing.
Example:
The bells ring. Amitabh and his brother play.

But there are some special cases as well.  So, we are providing here some rules which will help you to place correct verb with the different subjects. We will be learning here 5 rules everyday in order to master the topics and so that they do not get messed up.


SPECIAL CASES


1. If two subjects are joined by "and", they typically require a plural verb form.

Example:
The cow and the pig are jumping over the carpet.

2. The verb is singular if the two subjects separated by "and" refer to the same person or thing.

Example:
Red beans and rice is my mom's favorite dish.

3. If two infinitives are separated by and they take the plural form of the verb.

Example:
To walk and to chew gum require great skill.

4. When gerunds are used as the subject of a sentence, they take the singular verb form of the verb. But, when they are linked by "and", they take the plural form.

Example:
Standing in the water was a bad idea. 
Swimming in the ocean and playing drums are my hobbies.

5. If one of the words each, every, or no comes before the subject, the verb is singular.

Example:
No smoking or drinking is allowed. 
Every man and woman is required to check in.

Example:
No smoking or drinking is allowed. 
Every man and woman is required to check in.


We will learn some more rules of 'Subject Verb Agreement' tomorrow!

Till then, study well!









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