More on Subject-Verb Agreement

Choose the correct verb to complete each sentence.
1. The boss, together with his subordinates, (goes, go) to work on time.
2. The father, with his children, (plans, plan) to take a break abroad after the Covid-19 pandemic.
3. The treasurer, as well as the board members of the organization, (was, were) commended for efficient service.
4. Three government executives, in addition to 10 employees, (was, were) dismissed for graft and corruption.
5. The city mayor, along with his three councilors, (has, have) donated enough funds for the construction of a recreation center in our barangay.
6. Five students, together with their friends, (is, are) being honored for their heroic deeds.
7. Parents, together with their children, (prays, pray) the rosary in the comfort of their homes
8. The employees, together with their boss, (observes, observe) their company’s policies which are beneficial to their clientele.
9. The doctor and his patients (looks, look) forward to a fruitful relationship.
10. The tricycle, loaded with five sacks of rice, still (looks, look) new and sturdy.

Answers
1. goes
2. plans
3. was
4. were
5. has
6. are
7. pray
8. observe
9. look
10. looks

REMINDERS
The verb agrees with the subject and not with the nouns that come after the intervening expressions and/or phrases like WITH, INCLUDING, TOGETHER WITH, ALONG WITH, IN ADDITION TO, AS WELL AS, LOADED WITH. Thus, a singular subject takes a singular verb. (See sentences 1, 2,3, 5 and 10.)

A plural subject takes a plural verb. (See sentences 4, 6, 7, and 8.)

A compound subject joined by AND referring to two different persons or things takes a plural verb (.See sentence 9.)

A plural verb does not end in S. (See sentences 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9.)