Students who have trouble understanding the rules for subject verb agreement are often confused about what to fix in their sentences. Errors in subject verb agreement are some of the most frequently-made grammar mistakes.
One of the best ways to learn about subject verb agreement is to practice selecting verbs for various sentences. YourDictionary has prepared a printable practice worksheet with examples of good and poor subject verb agreement.
Need a few review tips before you try the worksheet? Here is a quick review and some examples:
For example, we cannot say "They takes the garbage out." The plural subject "They" does not belong with the singular verb "takes;" but, rather with the plural verb "take." However, "take" does go with both "I" and "you." Most people do notice simple mistakes like this fairly readily.
- He listens to the music.
- They listen to the music.
- She talks very quietly.
- They talk very quietly.
- I write with a pencil.
- They write with a pencil.
- He writes with a pencil.
- You write with a pencil.
If you or your students need more specialized worksheets, you can worksheets online that focus on the different problems encountered by students when trying to learn about subject verb agreement. Here are a few resources:
Using a subject verb agreement worksheet is a very practical way to engage students in the grammar lessons. However, students must also practice with the spoken word, since that is often where many mistakes are made.
Encourage students to always use appropriate grammar in and outside of the classroom, and have them work together to create oral presentations center around the proper usage of subject verb agreement.