Advanced Composition for Non-Native Speakers of English


s-v_agreement



DIRECTIONS: In the quiz questions below, choose the correct verb so that subject and verb agree. Clues are provided. Practice taking this quiz until you can answer all the questions correctly without the clues. Then go on to the next quiz.
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1: The rhythm of the pounding waves _____ calming. (Clue: Make the subject and verb agree when words intervene between them.)
is
are
2: All of the dogs in the neighborhood _____ barking. (Clue: Make the subject and verb agree when words intervene between them.)
were
was
3: A high tax, not to mention unemployment, _____ votes. (Clue: The grammatical number of the subject does not change with the addition of expressions beginning with such words as the following: accompanied by, along with, as well as, in addition to, including, no less than, not to mention, together with.)
influence
influences
4: My friends and my mother _____ each other. (Clue: Subjects joined by and are usually plural.)
like
likes
5: The team and the band _____ on the field. (Clue: Subjects joined by and are usually plural.)
was
were
6: Building a good marriage and building a good log fire _____ similar in many ways. (Clue: Subjects joined by and are usually plural.)
is
are
7: John or Doris _____ to us regularly. (Clue: Singular subjects joined by or, either . . . or, neither . . . nor take a singular verb.)
write
writes
8: Either Patty or Tom _____ asked to lead the meeting. (Clue: Singular subjects joined by or, either . . . or, neither . . . nor take a singular verb.)
was
were
9: Neither Carol nor Ted _____ excluded from the meeting. (Clue: Singular subjects joined by or, either . . . or, neither . . . nor take a singular verb.)
is
are
10: Neither the basket nor the apples _____ expensive. (Clue: If one subject is singular and one is plural, the verb agrees with the nearer subject.)
was
were
11: Neither the apples nor the basket _____ expensive. (Clue: If one subject is singular and one is plural, the verb agrees with the nearer subject.)
was
were
12: Either Maria or you _____ late for class. (Clue: The verb also agrees with the nearer subject in person.)
was
were
13: Either you or Maria _____ late for class. (Clue: The verb also agrees with the nearer subject in person.)
was
were
14: Hardest hit by the high temperatures and drought _____ the farmers. (Clue: Do not let inverted word order cause you to make a mistake in agreement.)
was
were
15: Neither of them _____ going to the show. (Clue: When used as subjects, such words as each, either, one, everybody, and anyone regularly take singular verbs.)
like
likes
16: Each of them _____ a good seat. (Clue: When used as subjects, such words as each, either, one, everybody, and anyone regularly take singular verbs.)
has
have
17: Everybody in the class _____ tickets. (Clue: When used as subjects, such words as each, either, one, everybody, and anyone regularly take singular verbs.)
has
have
18: Every silver knife, fork, and spoon _____ to be counted. (Clue: Every or each preceding singular subjects joined by and calls for a singular verb.)
has
have
19: Each cat and each dog _____ its own toy. (Clue: Every or each preceding singular subjects joined by and calls for a singular verb.)
has
have
20: The committee _____ meeting today. (Clue: Collective nouns take a singular verb when they refer to the group as a unit.)
is
are
21: Ten million gallons of oil _____ a lot of oil. (Clue: Collective nouns take a singular verb when they refer to the group as a unit.)
is
are
22: The jury _____ today. (Clue: Collective nouns take a singular verb when they refer to the group as a unit.)
vote
votes
23: The number _____ very small. (Clue: Collective nouns take a singular verb when they refer to the group as a unit.)
is
are
24: A number of students _____ absent. (Clue: Collective nouns take a plural verb when they refer to individuals or parts of the group.)
was
were
25: Ten million gallons of oil _____ spilled. (Clue: Collective nouns take a plural verb when they refer to individuals or parts of the group.)
was
were
26: The majority of us _____ in favor. (Clue: Collective nouns take a plural verb when they refer to individuals or parts of the group.)
is
are
27: Statistics _____ an interesting subject. (Clue: Some nouns (such as athletics, politics, series, deer, and sheep) can be either singular or plural depending on meaning.)
is
are
28: Statistics _____ often misleading. (Clue: Some nouns (such as athletics, politics, series, deer, and sheep) can be either singular or plural depending on meaning.)
is
are
29: The sheep _____ when the gate is left open. (Clue: Some nouns (such as athletics, politics, series, deer, and sheep) can be either singular or plural depending on meaning.)
stray
strays
30: Sheep _____ when the gate is left open. (Clue: Some nouns (such as athletics, politics, series, deer, and sheep) can be either singular or plural depending on meaning.)
stray
strays

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