Subject-Verb Agreement-Practice

This subject-verb agreement quiz includes 10 questions that check your knowledge of this topic.

Read each question and choose the correct verb that agrees with the subject.

When you open the quiz, clues (or rules) are provided for each question at the top of the page.
Correct answers are included at the end of the quiz.

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Question 1 of 12

1. The subject of a sentence must agree with the verb. Clue: Make the subject and verb agree when words intervene between them.

The rhythm of the pounding waves _____ calming.

A.
B.

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Question 2 of 12

2. The subject of a sentence must agree with the verb.  Clue: Make the subject and verb agree when words intervene between them.

All of the dogs in the neighborhood _____ barking. 

A.
B.

Question 2 of 12

Question 3 of 12

3. Choose the correct verb that agrees with the subject. Clue: Subjects joined by and are usually plural.

My friends and my mother _____ each other. 

A.
B.

Question 3 of 12

Question 4 of 12

4. Choose the sentence that has an error in subject-verb agreement. Clue: Subjects joined by and are usually plural.

The team and the band _____ on the field. 

A.
B.
C.

Question 4 of 12

Question 5 of 12

5. Choose the correct verb so that subject and verb agree. Clue: Singular subjects joined by or, either . . . or, neither . . . nor take a singular verb.

John or Doris _____ to us regularly. 

A.
B.

Question 5 of 12

Question 6 of 12

6. Choose the correct verb so that subject and verb agree. Clue: Singular subjects joined by or, either . . . or, neither . . . nor take a singular verb.

Either Patty or Tom _____ asked to lead the meeting. 

A.
B.

Question 6 of 12

Question 7 of 12

7. Choose the correct verb that agrees with the subject. Clue: If one subject is singular and one is plural, the verb agrees with the nearer subject.

Neither the basket nor the apples _____ expensive. 

A.
B.

Question 7 of 12

Question 8 of 12

8. Choose the correct verb that agrees with the subject. Clue: If one subject is singular and one is plural, the verb agrees with the nearer subject.

Neither the apples nor the basket _____ expensive.

A.
B.

Question 8 of 12

Question 9 of 12

9. Choose the correct verb that agrees with the subject. Clue: The verb also agrees with the nearer subject in person.

Either Maria or you _____ late for class. 

A.
B.

Question 9 of 12

Question 10 of 12

10. Choose the correct verb that agrees with the subject. Clue: The verb also agrees with the nearer subject in person.

 Either you or Maria _____ late for class.

A.
B.

Question 10 of 12

Question 11 of 12

11. Choose the correct verb that agrees with the subject. Clue: When used as subjects, such words as each, either, one, everybody, and anyone regularly take singular verbs.

Neither of them _____ going to the show. 

A.
B.

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Question 12 of 12

12. Choose the correct verb that agrees with the subject. Clue: When used as subjects, such words as each, either, one, everybody, and anyone regularly take singular verbs.

Each of them _____ a good seat.

A.
B.

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Subject-verb agreement rules

Neither the apples nor the basket is expensive.

Rule: when subjects are joined by or, either…or, neither…nor, the verb must agree with the nearer subject.

Some questions include collective nouns. Many students have troubles with collective nouns and subject-verb agreement.

Remember: the number of the subject (singular or plural) is not changed by words that come between the subject and the verb.

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This is a “learning” quiz because every question has a “rule” or “clue” that accompanies it.

If you take your time and apply each rule to its corresponding question, it will be possible to “figure out” the correct answer to every question.  You may take this quiz as many times as you wish.

Repeat the quiz until you can apply all the subject-verb agreement rules to the quiz questions.