*This assignment will replace the Grammar Semester 1 Review Homework grade from last week (assignment originally due on 1/9/2015).
Directions: Refer to subject/verb agreement rules 1-3 in order to correctly complete the sentences below. Choose and circle the verb that correctly completes the sentence.
The dogs in the pound and their owners (was, were) reunited.
Either Julia or her friends (is, are) planning to attend.
A desk or a bookcase (goes, go) into that corner.
(Is, Are) New York and Chicago the two largest cities in the United States?
Sleet and some snow (is, are) predicted for tomorrow.
(Has, Have) the books or other supplies come?
Either a loan or a scholarship (is, are) available to selected applicants.
A map or a guidebook (has, have) been my constant companion in this city.
In large cities subways and cabs (is, are) two popular means of transportation.
A vocabulary notebook or vocabulary flashcards (is, are) helpful for
Directions: Refer to subject/verb agreement rule 4 in order to correctly complete the sentences below. Choose and circle the verb that correctly completes the sentence.
The girl (don’t, doesn’t) understand the problem.
The answers (don’t, doesn’t) make sense.
I (don’t, doesn’t) want to get up early on Monday.
The lettuce (don’t, doesn’t) look fresh.
The boxer and the poodle (don’t, doesn’t) get along.
Directions: Refer to subject/verb agreement rules 1-4 and write an original sentence that correctly uses each specific rule.
Rule 1: When the subject of a sentence is composed of two or more nouns or pronouns connected by and, use a plural verb.
Rule 2: When two or more singular nouns or pronouns are connected by or or nor, use a singular verb.
Rule 3: When a compound subject contains both a singular and a plural noun or pronoun joined by or or nor, the verb should agree with the part of the subject that is nearer the verb.
Rule 4: Doesn't is a contraction of does not and should be used only with a singular subject. Don't is a contraction of do not and should be used only with a plural subject. The exception to this rule appears in the case of the first person and second person pronouns I and you. With these pronouns, the contraction don't should be used.
Correctly use “don’t” in a sentence: ______________________________