Understanding Subject and Verb Agreement

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Grade Level
High School
Special Education
Length of Time
45 Minutes

In this lesson, students will learn about subject and verb agreements. They will have a worksheet, so they can complete it independently after you have explained the lesson.


To understand about subjects and verbs
To understand how to write subjects and verbs in sentences so they agree.

Materials Needed

The worksheet I have included in this lesson
Pencils and erasers or pens


To begin this lesson, you need to copy the worksheet I have included. Then, you can explain about subjects and verbs and how they need to agree in the sentences. After that, you can pass out the worksheets so the students can work on them independently. When they have completed their worksheets, you can collect them, so you can grade them. Study Sheet - Singular Subjects and Verbs

1. Megan went to get her journal out of her secret hiding place.

2. The rainbow was colorful.

3. Jenny's favorite hobby is writing.

4. I enjoy reading different kinds of literature.

5. Christy enjoys writing in her journal. Plural Subjects and Verbs

When you have a plural noun, then you need a plural verb

1. Tom and Jim like to go to basketball games more than football.

2. Nancy and Penny enjoy staying at home and watching videos.

3. The children were glad that school was over for summer vacation.

4. The shoes were too tight.

5. Timmy and Susie broke their toys within two days.

Singular Subjects and Verbs

When you are writing a sentence, you need to make sure you use a singular subject with a singular verb and a plural subject with a plural verb.

Subject and Verb Agreements

Your subjects and verbs need to agree when you write a sentence. Let's look at the following sentence:

1. They were going to go shopping. (correct)

2. They is going to go shopping. (incorrect)

In the first sentence, the subject is plural and the verb is plural. In the second sentence, the subject is plural and the verb is singular. That's why the second sentence is incorrect. Worksheet on Subject and Verb Agreement

Directions: Choose the correct verb in each sentence.

1. They (was, were) not sure of the class assignment.

2. He (was, were) not wanting to go shopping with his mother.

3. I (am, are) excited about my new teacher.

4. We (have, has) been looking forward to the weekend.

5. She (is, are) taking online writing courses.

6. Tom and Mary (is, are) going to be married.

7. Sadey (likes, like) to play with her squeaky ball.

8. Christy (enjoys, enjoy) reading mysteries.

9. Megan (wants, want) to read Cozies and Capers.

10. The squirrel (plays, play) on the squirrel-go-round everyday.

11. The computer (work, works) great since Mary had it fixed.

12. I (wants, want) to read different subgenres of Crime Fiction.

13. The basketball player (score, scores) twenty points.

14. We (needs, need) you to memorize two Bible verses.

15. We (like, likes) to look at fiction books in the discount rack.

Directions: The following sentences have some errors. See if you can locate all of the errors.

1. Ron likes to play the guitar, but he don't knew how to play bar chords.

2. Christy and Megan like going for walks, but they like watching movies

funny better.

3. He doesn't enjoy coloring with markers, but he do like colored pencils.

4. The football game isn't going the way the coach wanted it to go.

5. The graduating class goes to the party after they graduated that night.

6. Abby and Sadey plays after supper until they went to bed.

7. The dark clouds form above and it started to thunder.

8. After the rain, Megan sees a rainbow in the clouds.

9. Abby brings in coffee for them and set it on the table.

10. The thunder was so loud that it feels like a sonic bomb.


You can grade the students on the total number correct out of the total number possible.

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