Subject-Verb Agreement Grammar Tutorial Worksheet
For the Tutor
When struggling with subject-verb agreement errors, ESL writers often have trouble identifying the correct subject of the sentence, just as native English-speaking writers do. This can be especially difficult when there is or there are is used and when a word like that is the subject of a relative clause.
When the words there, that, which, who, and what stand in as the subject of a clause, encourage your writer to look for the real subject elsewhere in the sentence to determine agreement. For example, in the sentence “There are fifteen students in the room today,” the real subject is students, so the word there is treated as a plural. However, in the sentence “There is a penny on the sidewalk,” the real subject is penny, so the word there is treated as singular.
For the ESL Writer
Study these examples.
- There is three prerequisites for this class. (incorrect)
- There are three prerequisites for this class. (correct)
In the above example, the word there is standing in for the real subject, prerequisites.
- Every teenager knows how to choose clothes that flatters her figure. (incorrect)
- Every teenager knows how to choose clothes that flatter her figure. (correct)
In the above example, the word that is standing in for the real subject, clothes.
Correct the following.
- Alexina found two online articles that is good for her assignment.
- Who are Sergey’s and Mohammed’s English teacher this semester?
- There is two sorority sisters in my class, Fatima and Thoa.
- My grandmother knows the Latin name of every plant that grow in her garden.
- Which are older, Enrique or Miguel?