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Verb Usage

Grade 9
Sep 5, 2022

Lack of Subject-Verb Agreement 

 Many grammatical problems can be traced back to a lack of subject-verb agreement. A sentence must necessarily have subjects and verbs that agree in number when speaking or writing in the present tense. The verb must be singular if the subject is singular. The verb must also be plural if the subject is plural. 

For example: 

  • Incorrect: These recipes is really good. 
  • Correct: These recipes are really good. 

Missing Comma in a Compound Sentence 

A compound sentence expresses two separate but related ideas and typically includes a conjunction to connect the two portions. A comma should be inserted before the conjunction to show that the two ideas are connected. Readers will notice if such information is missing. 

For example: 

  • Incorrect: James went to the store and Ella went with him. 
  • Correct: James  went to the store, and Ella went with him. 

Spelling Mistakes/Confusion 

There are some words that have similar sounds but different spellings and meanings. It might be a humiliating blunder if you mix things up. 

For example: 

  • Incorrect: There children went to school there. 
  • Correct: Their children went to school there. 

Pronoun Disagreement 

Pronoun errors are among the most prevalent grammar blunders. They happen when pronouns don’t have the same number as the nouns they refer to. If the noun is singular, the pronoun must also be singular . The pronoun must also be plural if the noun is plural. 


For example: 

  • Incorrect: Every girl must bring his own lunch. 
  • Correct: Every girl must bring her own lunch. 

As writers aim to avoid uncomfortable phrasing or the inference of sexist language, pronoun problems are widespread in modern English. Although this is a noble goal, it is still necessary to acquire proper grammar and apply it in more formal settings. 



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