Rule 1: Match singular subjects with singular verbs and plural subjects with plural verbs.
Example: She doesn’t work (not don’t) remotely.
Example: They don’t (not doesn’t) work remotely.
Rule 2: Use plural verbs with subjects joined by and.
Example: The manager and his assistant don’t (not doesn’t) agree on everything.
Rule 3: Match these indefinite pronouns with singular verbs: anyone, anybody, anything, each, either, every, everyone, everybody, everything, many a, neither, nobody, nothing, someone, somebody, and something.
Example: Everyone likes (not like) to be recognized for doing a good job.
Underline the subjects in the following sentences and highlight the correct verb to match. Then identify the rule that applies.
- Anyone who [don’t, doesn’t] file the form on time will be subject to a fine.
- Marketing and advertising [is/are] often considered complementary departments.
- Elena [laugh/laughs] so loudly that those working near her complain.
- Grassroots campaigners who frequently volunteer [is/are] often unpaid.
- The personnel director position [require/requires] knowledge of HIPAA regulations.
- We [was/were] looking forward to the oral presenting workshop.
- Both Miguel and Angela [know/knows] how to fix the jam in the copier.
- Although they [is/are] related, Annabelle and Zac [has/have] different last names.
- Every CEO [have/has] a different leadership style.
- Each assistant and clerk [need/needs] to complete the same training modules.
- Manny, who was promoted, and Avaline, who wasn’t, both [want/wants] a raise.
- The vlogger [post/posts] a new video every Wednesday.