Subject Verb Agreement

Pick up the right choice.

1)John ---- a pen in his pocket.

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a. ‘has Explanation: John is a third person singular subject and hence a singular auxiliary verb is used.

2)Rajesh and Sonia ------ a credit card each in their pockets.

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a. ‘have. Explanation: Rajesh and Sonia are plural subjects. So a plural verb is used.

3)Prakash and Janani --------- melodiously.

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a. ‘sing. Explanation: Prakash and Janani are plural subjects and hence they take a plural verb.

4)Stephen ---- silently at the church.

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c. ‘prays. Stephen is a singular subject and hence it takes a singular verb.

5)Manish Agarwal ------ cricket in spite of the rain.

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b. ‘is playing is the correct option as Manish Agarwal is a singular subject and the event is happening now. So a present continuous tense is used.

6)Bread and butter ------ a healthy breakfast.

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a. ‘makes’.  Explanation: Bread and Butter, though are two subjects, are always treated as single entity i.e., Singular subject

7)Peace and Prosperity ----- sought by every human being.

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a. ‘is’ Explanation”  Both are treated as single entity for the purpose of using the verb.

8)Anushka along with her managers ----- invited to the mega party.

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a. wasExplanation: When a subject is followed by a modifier, the verb always goes with the first subject. Anushka is the first subject here and ‘along with the managers’ is the modifier. The key here is not to get confused with the plural in the modifier.

9)Sachin together with his teammates ------- facilitated at a grand event.

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a. ‘was. The number of the noun is not changed by any modifier.

10)The boy ---- been walking since 10 a.m.

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c. ‘has. Explanation: Third person singular auxiliary verb is used.

11)Sumathy ----- playing Veena in the concert yesterday.

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b. ‘was. Explanation: The action refers to the past and the subject is singular.

12)All the teachers in that school --- me.

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b. ‘know’. Explanation: The subject in the sentence is ‘teachers’ and not’ school’. Hence option ‘know’ is right.

13)Today a few mangoes in the tree ---- ripe.

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d. ‘are’. Explanation: ‘mangoes’ is a plural subject and the sentence refers to the present. Hence option ‘are’ is the answer. ‘Were’ is used only in past tense.

14)Either Shyam or Rupa --- guilty.

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a. ‘is’. Explanation: In ‘either /  or’ clause, if the subjects on either side of ‘or’ is singular, we choose a singular verb.

15)Either my friends or your friends --- happy.

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b. ‘are. Explanation: In ‘either /  or’ clause, if the subjects on either side of ‘or’  is plural, we choose a plural verb