Subject Verb Agreement Notes

The use of the verb according to the subject is called Subject Verb Agreement. The use of verbs changes with the number and type of subject. A singular verb is used with a singular subject and a plural verb is used with a plural subject.


Identifying Singular and Plural Verb

Present Simple Tense

Singular verb: Verb (I) + s/es
Plural verb: Verb (I)


Present Continuous Tense

Singular verb: is/am + Verb (I) + ing
Plural verb: are + Verb (I) + ing

Present Perfect Tense

Singular verb: Has + Verb (III)
Plural verb: Have + Verb (III)

Present Perfect Continuous Tense

Singular verb: Has been + Verb (I) + ing
Plural verb: Have been + Verb (I) + ing

Past Simple Tense

Singular verb: V (II)
Plural verb: V (II)

Past Continuous Tense

Singular verb: was + Verb (I) + ing
Plural verb: were + Verb (I) + ing

Past Perfect Tense

Singular verb: Had + Verb (III)
Plural verb: Had + Verb (III)

Past Perfect Continuous Tense

Singular verb: Had been + Verb (I) + ing
Plural verb: Had been + Verb (I) + ing

Future Simple Tense

Singular verb: will/shall + V (I)
Plural verb: will/shall + V (I)

Future Continuous Tense

Singular verb: will/shall be + Verb (I) + ing
Plural verb: will/shall be + Verb (I) + ing

Future Perfect Tense

Singular verb: will/shall have + Verb (III)
Plural verb: will/shall have + Verb (III)

Future Perfect Continuous Tense

Singular verb: will/shall have been + Verb (I) + ing
Plural verb: will/shall have been + Verb (I) + ing



Rules for using singular verbs

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