SUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENT TOP 10 RULES
Hey Aspirants, We know English section is a bottleneck for many aspirants and because of this weakness they did not able to crack the competitive exams like BANK PO/Clerk, SBI PO/ Clerk, SSC CGL/ CHSL etc. This is the Verb Part 2 on Subject-Verb Agreement.
RULE NO. #11:
We must use singular verb with collective noun.
But when member of group acting as individual we must use Plural Verb
- The committee has submitted its report.
- The committee were allowed to go home to their families
RULE NO. #12:
In a sentence when Each is used after a Plural Noun or Pronoun then we must use Plural Verb.
- We each has a bike. (Incorrect)
- We each have a bike. (Correct)
- Each of us has a bike. (Correct)
RULE NO. #13:
In a sentence to express unfulfilled wish, condition or desire when If, I wish, In case, as if, would that etc. is used then we always use plural verb were irrespective of the number of subject.
- I wish, I was king of Brunei. (Incorrect)
- I wish, I were king of Brunei. (Correct)
- If you was in Kolkata, you would enjoy tasty foods. (Incorrect)
- If you were in Kolkata, you would enjoy tasty foods. (Correct)
RULE NO. #14:
In Optative Sentence we must use Plural Verb even with the Singular Subject.
- Long lives the Republic. (Incorrect)
- Long live the Republic. (Correct)
RULE NO. #15:
After A number of, A large number of, Large numbers of we must use Plural Noun and Plural Verb. But after The number of we must use Plural Noun and Singular verb.
- A large number of candidates have disqualified in IBPS PO PRE exam. (Correct)
- The number of candidates in the exam room is fifteen. (Correct)
RULE NO. #16:
If cardinal adjective is used after Plural Noun and Plural Noun denotes certain weight / amount / period / distance / height then we must use Singular Verb.
- Five thousand rupees are enough for you. (Incorrect)
- Five thousand rupees is enough for you. (Correct)
But when plural noun is denoting different units then we must use Plural Verb.
- Two hundred rupees are given to all the students.
RULE NO. #17:
When we use Who, Which and That as a relative pronoun then verb must be according to the antecedent of relative pronoun.
- I, who is your classmate, filed complaints against you. (Incorrect)
- I, who am your classmate, filed complaints against you. (Correct)
RULE NO. #18:
If there is countable Noun After Some, Some of, All, All of, Enough, Most, Most of, Lots of, A lot of, Plenty of then Both Noun and Verb must be in Plural.
- Lots of Aspirants were there to take examination.
But if Noun is uncountable then Both Noun and Verb must be in Singular.
- Lots of effort is needed for this exam.
RULE NO. #19:
If there is countable Noun After Half of, One third of, Two thirds of, Three fourths of then both Noun and Verb must be in Plural. But if Noun is uncountable then both Noun and Verb must be in Singular.
- Half of the schools are opened today. (Correct)
- Two third of the Milk is sold. (Correct)
RULE NO. #20:
If There is used as Introductory sentences then verb must be according to the Noun or Pronoun used after There.
- There was a problem. (Correct)
- There were many solutions. (Correct)
If It is used as Introductory sentences then Verb must be in Singular.
Ex- Examples are taken from the comment section of video
- it is a awesome educational platform.
- It was the dog,who was barking.
- it is I who am to blame for this bad situation.
- it was very costly dress.
- It” is an inevitable to utilize the time in an effective manner for the better accomplishment of goals, within a short period.
If you have any problem or did not understand any rule or example then you can watch this video on subject verb agreement rules where it was explained thoroughly and in Hindi.