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Unit 7 Review: Subject-Verb Agreement Answers

As a copy editor, I understand the importance of proper grammar and syntax when it comes to creating content that ranks well on search engines. One of the most crucial aspects of good writing is subject-verb agreement – the idea that the subject and verb of a sentence should match in number (singular or plural). In this article, we’ll go over the answers to the Unit 7 Review on subject-verb agreement.

1. Identify the verb in each sentence and determine if it agrees with the subject.

a. The boys eats the pizza.

Answer: Incorrect. The correct sentence is “The boys eat the pizza.”

b. His parents lives in the suburbs.

Answer: Incorrect. The correct sentence is “His parents live in the suburbs.”

c. She and I is going to the concert.

Answer: Incorrect. The correct sentence is “She and I are going to the concert.”

d. The team is playing well this season.

Answer: Correct.

e. The dog and the cat likes to chase each other.

Answer: Incorrect. The correct sentence is “The dog and the cat like to chase each other.”

2. Choose the correct verb form for each sentence.

a. The group of musicians (play/plays) beautiful music.

Answer: Plays. “Group” is a collective noun, so it takes a singular verb form.

b. The jury (was/were) unable to reach a verdict.

Answer: Was. “Jury” is a collective noun, so it takes a singular verb form.

c. The old piano (need/needs) to be tuned.

Answer: Needs. “Piano” is a singular noun, so it takes a singular verb form.

d. The children (play/plays) in the park every day.

Answer: Play. “Children” is a plural noun, so it takes a plural verb form.

e. Neither the teacher nor the students (was/were) happy with the test results.

Answer: Were. “Neither…nor” indicates two subjects, so the verb must be plural.

3. Correct the subject-verb agreement errors in the following sentences.

a. The bakers makes delicious cakes.

Answer: Incorrect. The correct sentence is “The bakers make delicious cakes.”

b. The athlete and their coach is working on a new training program.

Answer: Incorrect. The correct sentence is “The athlete and his/her coach are working on a new training program.”

c. The audience was clapping their hands.

Answer: Incorrect. The correct sentence is “The audience was clapping its hands.”

d. Each of the students have their own computer.

Answer: Incorrect. The correct sentence is “Each of the students has his/her own computer.”

e. The book that I am reading are very interesting.

Answer: Incorrect. The correct sentence is “The book that I am reading is very interesting.”

By paying attention to subject-verb agreement, you can make your writing more effective and professional. Remember to match your verbs with the correct number of subjects, and you’ll be well on your way to creating content that ranks high on search engines.