GRAMMAR AND MECHANICS
The Verb System: Subject-Verb Agreement
1. Read the paragraph below carefully. Then circle the subjects and underline the verbs. If a verb does not agree with its subject, cross it out and write in the correct form above it. Besides harming their own bodies, smokers also endanger the good health of people around them. Cigarette smoke, either from a smoker's exhalation or straight from the cigarette, contain carbon monoxide, a highly poisonous gas. Nobody appreciate breathing in poisonous gas. And it is not just the health factors that keeps people away from smokers. Even nonsmokers who do not know about carbon monoxide is usually bothered by the smoke because it makes breathing difficult. In addition, a lot of smoke in closed rooms are often irritating to the eyes. Many people is also disgusted when they smells a smoker's clothes or see the yellow nicotine stains on a smoker's front teeth. Finally, not too many people enjoy kissing somebody whose mouth taste like an ashtray. 2. Read the paragraph below and fill in the blanks with a verb that agrees with its subject. Fast-food restaurants________________become more popular in America in recent years. Groups of people________________to burger and chicken places each day by the millions. Often, on one strip of road, there will be five or six places that_________________hungry customers. Each and every restaurant_________________a member of a larger chain that_______________The raw products and materials. Prices________________also controlled by the parent company. Of all the foods on the menus, hamburgers consistently_________________more than any other item. This is because American customers______________ ____hamburgers more than almost any other food. The nutritional value of these foods______________not the highest possible, but the food tastes so good that most people_________________happy to eat fast-food often. Besides, nobody_____________________nutrition to convenience all the time. 3. Read each sentence below. If all subjects and verbs agree, place a C on the line below the sentence. If there are errors of agreement, rewrite the sentence correctly. 1. The hands of the clock says 3:15._________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ 2. Given her recent experience, she now agrees that alcohol is a_____ dangerous drug.___________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ 3. Whenever it rain, I wears a coat._________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ 4. The trains arrive daily at 2:30 and at 5:00.______________________ __________________________________________________________________________ 5. The telephone operator who told me the arrival times were unnecessarily rude._______________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ 6. Among the great Indian chiefs are Chief Joseph of the Nez PercÚ.____________________________________________________________________ 7. One of their great hopes in the last several years have been a trip to Scotland._______________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ 8. The glaucous gull and the western gull is often found inland during the stormy winter months.__________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ 9. Fruit juice and seltzer combines to make a refreshing drink. __________________________________________________________________________ 10. Pie and ice cream have always been our favorite dessert.__________ __________________________________________________________________________ 11. Each Saturday and Sunday morning is dedicated to sleeping late._____________________________________________________________________ 12. Tom and Liz, who also happens to be married to each other, wears glasses.____________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ 13. Neither a graphic artist nor three proofreaders has been able to improve this poster.___________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ 14. Either the camp leader or the campers themselves are required to clean the mess hall after each meal.___________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ 15. The team is voting for team captain right now.____________________ __________________________________________________________________________ 16. The presidential committee differ on the question of increased Medicare benefits.________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ 17. Good news often go unreported.____________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ 18. Anybody taller than six feet know it can be difficult to find clothes that fits.________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ 19. It is mathematics that cause me the most trouble in college. __________________________________________________________________________ 20. The end of those last few college weeks arouses a strange mixture of gladness and sorrow.___________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________
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