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Writing 2101F/G
Christine Kennedy

Subject  Simple subject consists of the noun alone o Ex. The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog  Complete subject includes the simple subject and its modifiers o Ex. The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog Agreement  Helps readers understand the relations between elements in a sentence  Subjects and verbs agree in number and person  Pronouns and their antecedents agree in person, number, and gender  Most subject-verb agreement problems arise when endings are omitted from subjects or verbs or when the relation between sentence parts is unknown.  Make the verb agree with its subject, not with a word that comes between. o Ex. The samples on the tray in the lab need/needs testing. o Ex. High levels of air pollution causes/cause damage to the respiratory tract.  Strip away the modifiers to isolate the noun that is the subject. o Ex. The slaughter of pandas for their pelts have/has caused the panda population to decline drastically. o Ex. The governor, as well as his press secretary, were/was shot.  Treat most subjects joined with and as plural. o Two or more subjects joined by and usually take a plural verb, whether one ora ll of the subjects are singular. o Ex. Jill’s natural ability and her desire to help others has/have led to a career in the ministry.  Exception: When the parts of the subject form a single idea
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