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Understand Subject-Verb Agreement

In this worksheet, students will practise using the correct subject-verb agreement within their writing.

'Understand Subject-Verb Agreement' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Composition

Curriculum subtopic:   Correct Subject and Verb Agreement

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

In this activity, you will practise how to correctly use suitable subject-verb agreement within your sentences.

 

The Subject

The subject in a sentence refers to the thing or person that is carrying out an action.

 

The Object

The object in a sentence does not carry out the action but is the thing or person that is involved.

 

Example:

The dog ate a delicious, juicy bone.

'The dog' is the subject in the sentence.

'A delicious, juicy bone' is the object.

 

Subject-verb agreement

In the English language, a singular subject will need a singular verb.

 

Example:

A dog loves a ball.

 

Therefore, plural subjects need plural verbs.

Example:

Dogs love a ball.

 

Tricky rules

Some pronouns are always singular so always need a singular verb.

E.g. everyone/everybody

Everyone is going to the cinema.

 

But pronouns like 'all' or 'some' can actually be plural or singular.

They are plural if the person or thing referred to by the pronoun can be counted.

For example:

Some girls, all adults 

 

Or singular, if the person or thing referred to by the pronoun cannot be counted and is seen as a singular.

For example:

Some butter, all the sugar

 

The pronoun 'none' is multi-functional.

 

It can be used as singular or plural.

 

This was a huge amount of information to take it. It's now over to you to practise using these rules yourself.

Read the different sentences carefully and tick the one where the subject and verb agree.

The girl live near the school.

Boys is playing outside.

Many of my family loves eating cake.

Everyone is going to the concert.

Read the different sentences carefully and tick the one where the subject and the verb agree.

Babies is sitting in the chair.

The lady live near the school.

Children under 16 are not allowed on the roller-coaster.

Sarah like to play games after school.

This time, can you read the sentences carefully and tick the two sentences where the subject and verb agree?

 I is happyI am happyThe police is comingThe children are coming
Subject and Verb Agree

Can you choose the correct form of the verb that agrees with the subject?

 

Type it in the box below.

 

Sally and her friends (is, are) at school.

 I is happyI am happyThe police is comingThe children are coming
Subject and Verb Agree

Can you choose the correct form of the verb that agrees with the subject?

Type it in the box below.

 

Ben and Joe (doesn't, don't) want to complete their homework.

 I is happyI am happyThe police is comingThe children are coming
Subject and Verb Agree

Review each sentence carefully and put the correct verb in the blank.

 

The class ____ dressed in a green uniform.

 I is happyI am happyThe police is comingThe children are coming
Subject and Verb Agree

Review each sentence carefully and put the correct verb in the blank.

 

John ___ late for the party.

 I is happyI am happyThe police is comingThe children are coming
Subject and Verb Agree

Can you complete the sentence?

 

Which option will ensure the subject and verb agree?

 

Sam (walk, walked) to school.

Which word will complete the sentence?

 

The rest of the adults (was/were) drinking a cup of tea.

 

 

Identify the correct word that ensures subject-verb agreement and write the correct option in the space below.

 

Let's (has/have) fish and chips for tea.

 

 

  • Question 1

Read the different sentences carefully and tick the one where the subject and verb agree.

CORRECT ANSWER
Everyone is going to the concert.
EDDIE SAYS
Option four is the only sentence in which the verb and the subject agree. 'Everyone is going to the concert'. This sentence is grammatically correct because the pronoun 'everyone' is singular as is the verb.
  • Question 2

Read the different sentences carefully and tick the one where the subject and the verb agree.

CORRECT ANSWER
Children under 16 are not allowed on the roller-coaster.
EDDIE SAYS
How did you find this second question? Option three is the only sentence in which the verb and the subject agree. 'Children under 16 are not allowed on the roller-coaster.' Is it beginning to make more sense?
  • Question 3

This time, can you read the sentences carefully and tick the two sentences where the subject and verb agree?

CORRECT ANSWER
 I is happyI am happyThe police is comingThe children are coming
Subject and Verb Agree
EDDIE SAYS
Hopefully, you spotted that the two sentences with verb-subject agreement are: 'I am happy.' 'The children are coming.'
  • Question 4

Can you choose the correct form of the verb that agrees with the subject?

 

Type it in the box below.

 

Sally and her friends (is, are) at school.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
For this question, we had to use 'are' to ensure the verb and subject agree. The sentence then becomes: Sally and her friends are at school.
  • Question 5

Can you choose the correct form of the verb that agrees with the subject?

Type it in the box below.

 

Ben and Joe (doesn't, don't) want to complete their homework.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Again, we had to use 'don't' to ensure the verb and subject agree. The sentence then becomes: Ben and Joe don't want to complete their homework.
  • Question 6

Review each sentence carefully and put the correct verb in the blank.

 

The class ____ dressed in a green uniform.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
To ensure the verb-subject agreement is correct, you have to insert 'were'. The sentence then becomes: The class were dressed in a green uniform.
  • Question 7

Review each sentence carefully and put the correct verb in the blank.

 

John ___ late for the party.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
To ensure the verb-subject agreement is correct, you have to insert 'was'. The sentence then becomes: John was late for the party. Great focus, you're getting more confident with each question you attempt!
  • Question 8

Can you complete the sentence?

 

Which option will ensure the subject and verb agree?

 

Sam (walk, walked) to school.

CORRECT ANSWER
walked
EDDIE SAYS
In this sentence, we need to fill the gap with 'walked' in order for the subject-verb to agree. How do you feel you're getting on?
  • Question 9

Which word will complete the sentence?

 

The rest of the adults (was/were) drinking a cup of tea.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
were
EDDIE SAYS
To complete this sentence you needed to select 'were' in order for the subject-verb to agree. The sentence then becomes: The rest of the adults were drinking a cup of tea.
  • Question 10

Identify the correct word that ensures subject-verb agreement and write the correct option in the space below.

 

Let's (has/have) fish and chips for tea.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
have
EDDIE SAYS
In this sentence, you needed to select 'have' in order for the subject-verb to agree. The sentence then becomes: Let's have fish and chips for tea. Great work, you've completed another activity! How about attempting another one so you feel super confident?
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