Refresher no. 21 on subject-verb agreement: ‘Personal pronouns as subjects’
Choose the correct verb to complete the sentence.
- My father is a teacher. He (teaches, teach) in a private school.
- Your mother is in her nineties but she (looks, look) much younger.
- I’d like to know why you (looks, look) tired every day.
- We (expect, expect) our leaders to be sensitive to the plight of senior citizens in underdeveloped communities.
- Your parents will be disheartened if they ( knows, know) you’re cheating them.
- Who says that only I (has, have ) to answer for the poor performance of the team?
- You, too, (is, are) responsible for the team’s poor performance.
- I, too, (needs, need) rest after the strenuous travel.
- We’ve heard this line in a popular song: “I who (has, have) nothing.”
- A special child said to his friends, “I, you know, (is, am ) lucky to have parents who are proud of me despite my physical handicap.”
- Writing is beneficial because it (makes, make) a person think.
- I (was, were) not home when you came for a visit.
Personal pronouns used as a subject of the sentence are I,
YOU, HE, SHE, IT, WE, and THEY.
Use a singular verb for SHE, HE, and IT. A singular verb ends in S. (See sentences 1, 2, and 11)
Use AM (for the verb BE present tense) and WAS (past
tense) if the subject is I. (See sentences 10 and 12)
Don’t add S to verbs if the subject is I. (See sentences 6, 8,
YOU, WE, and THEY always take a plural verb. (See
sentences 3, 4, 5, and 7)
Remember that plural verbs DO NOT end in S.