Subject-Verb Agreement Rules

How To Teach Subject-Verb Agreement Rules


To teach students the rules of subject-verb agreement in English, ensuring they can correctly match subjects and verbs in number and person for grammatically accurate and clear writing and speech.

Introduction to Subject-Verb Agreement Rules

  • Define subject-verb agreement as the grammatical rule that subjects and verbs must agree in number (singular or plural) and person (first, second, third).
  • Discuss the importance of subject-verb agreement in conveying clear and accurate messages, and highlight common difficulties, such as dealing with compound subjects, collective nouns, and indefinite pronouns.

Real Life Examples

  • Provide examples from well-written texts, showing how correct subject-verb agreement enhances the clarity and professionalism of writing.
  • Point out common errors in everyday language and media, emphasizing the importance of accuracy in formal and academic contexts.

Interactive Activities

  • Conduct a ‘Correct the Errors' exercise, where students identify and correct subject-verb agreement mistakes in a series of sentences or paragraphs.
  • Organize a ‘Subject-Verb Agreement Relay,' a game where students form sentences that demonstrate various agreement rules, encouraging quick thinking and application of the rules.

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