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Writing Style

Subject-Verb Agreement (SV)

Subject-verb agreement helps you keep your meaning clear.

Watch this introductory lesson or this extended lesson on subject-verb agreement in our LC elearning modules class in D2L.

Subjects and Verbs in a Clause Must be in the Same Number


If the subject of a verb is singular, the verb must be singular. 

A nurse plays a critical role in healthcare delivery.

    S           V



If the subject of a verb is plural, the verb must be plural.

Nurses have many important responsibilities.

     S        V



Watch this 14-minute introduction to subject-verb agreement.

mmmEnglish. (2017, October 17). Subject verb agreement -- English lesson -- Common grammar mistakes [Video]. YouTube.


Watch this 65-minute extended lesson on subject-verb agreement.

Smrt English. (2016, March 24). Subject-verb agreement -- Smrt live class with Shaun #9 [Video]. YouTube.


More Information

"Making Subjects and Verbs Agree," Purdue OWL

"Directed Learning: Subject-Verb Agreement," Loyola Marymount University

"Subject-verb Agreement," St. Petersburg College (exercises)

See your APA manual, pp. 119-120 (4.15 "Subject and Verb Agreement").