A verb must agree with its simple subject. Any time a verb is underlined, match it with its subject to check for agreement.
If you match a verb with its subject and are not sure if the subject is singular or plural, use the is/are test: if the subject sounds good followed by “is,” it is singular, and if the subject sounds good followed by “are,” it is plural. Then, if you are having trouble figuring out the singular or plural form of the verb, use the he/they test. The singular form of the verb will sound good preceded by “he” and the plural form of the verb will sound good preceded by “they.” Continue reading