Subject-Verb Agreement Exercise For Class 8

The basic rule of subject-verb agreement is simple. A singular subject should be followed by a singular verb and a plural subject should be followed by a plural verb.

When we connect two singular subjects with ‘and’, the verb should be plural.

  • Juhi and her brother have arrived.
  • Sam and Rahim are good friends.

When we connect two singular subjects with ‘or’, the verb should be singular.

  • Juhi or her brother has to go.

When we connect two singular subjects with either/or or neither/nor, the verb should be singular.

  • Neither Juhi nor her brother has come.
  • Either Sam or Rahim has to go.

When we connect a singular subject and a plural subject with either/or or neither/nor, the verb should agree with the subject closest to it.

  • Neither Juhi nor her brothers have any interest in video games.
  • Neither you nor I am qualified to do this.

When we connect two nouns with as well as, along with or with, the verb agrees with the first noun.

  • The manager as well has his subordinates was present at the meeting.
  • The mother cat along with her kittens is sleeping in the patio.

Subject-verb agreement exercise for class 8

Fill in the blanks with a verb form that agrees with the subject.

1. Janaki and her husband ……………………… throwing a party next month. (is / are)

2. Dogs ……………………….. get along with cats. (do not / does not)

3. She ……………………… returned the camera she borrowed from me. (hasn’t / haven’t)

4. Where ……………………… they gone? (have / has)

5. My mother ………………………. me to be a successful writer. (want / wants)

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6. He along with his wife ……………………… his native place very often. (visit / visits)

7. One of my cousins ………………………….. a forensic surgeon. (is / are)

8. None of them ………………………………… here today. (is / are)

9. Neither he nor you …………………………. right. (is / are)

10. The cost of living ………………………. increased over the years. (has / have)

Answers

1. Janaki and her husband are throwing a party next month.

2. Dogs do not get along with cats.

3. She hasn’t returned the camera she borrowed from me.

4. Where have they gone?

5. My mother wants me to be a successful writer.

6. He along with his wife visits his native place very often.

7. One of my cousins is a forensic surgeon.

8. None of them is here today. (A singular verb is used with none.)

9. Neither he nor you are right. (Here the verb agrees with the subject closest to it.)

10. The cost of living has Increased over the years. (Here the subject is the singular noun cost.)

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