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Subject-Verb Agreement .Exercise 1, p. 84 Add - s or -es where necessary. Do not change or omit any other words. All of the sentences are simple present. Discuss the use, spelling, and pronunciation of final -s/-es. 2. My parent visit many countries when they travel in Europe. 3. Robert sing when he take a shower. 2. My parents visit many countries when they travel in Europe. 3. Robert sings when he takes a shower. .Exercise 1, p. 84

4. Chicken, duck, and turkey lay egg. 5. Anna wear glove on her hand when she work in her garden. 6. She scratch her chin when it itch. 4. Chickens, ducks, and turkeys lay eggs. 5. Anna wears gloves on her hands when she works in her garden. 6. She scratches her chin when it itches. .Exercise 2, p. 84 Look at the words that end in -s. Are they singular or plural? Are ?they nouns or verbs Verb

Noun Plural Sing. 1. A new car costs a lot of money. 2. New cars cost a lot of money. 3. My neighbor makes a lot of noise. 4. My neighbors make a lot of noise. 5. Bill drinks tea for breakfast. 6. Cold drinks taste good on a hot day.

Final -s/-es: Use, Pronunciation, and Spelling Noun + -s: Friends are important. Noun + -es: I like my classes. A final -s or -es is added to a noun to make the noun plural. Friend and class = singular nouns Friends and classes = plural nouns Verb

+ -s: Mona works at the bank. Verb + -es: Jihad watches birds. A final -s or -es is added to a simple present verb when the subject is a singular noun (e.g., Mona, my father, the machine) or third person singular pronoun (she, he, it). Mona works = singular She works = singular The students work = plural They work = plural Pronunciation

-> seat/s/ ropes -> rope/s/ backs -> back/s/ Final -s is pronounced / s/ after voiceless sounds, t, p, and k are examples of voiceless sounds. All of seats -> seed/z/ robes -> robe/z/ bags -> bag/z/ sees -> see/z/ Final -s is pronounced /z/after

voiced sounds,d, b, g, and ee are examples of voiced sounds. All of the above words are pronounced with one syllable. seeds -> dish/z/ catches -> catch/z/ kisses -> kiss/z/ mixes -> mix/z/ prizes -> prize /z/ edges -> edge/z/ dishes

Final -s and -es are pronounced /z/ after sh, ch, s, x, z, and ge/ dge sounds. The /z/ ending adds a syllable. All of the above words in are pronounced with two syllables. Spelling -> sings song -> songs For most words

(whether a verb or a noun), simply add a final s to spell the word correctly. sing -> washes watch -> watches class -> classes buzz -> buzzes box -> boxes Final -es is added to words that end in -sh, -ch, -s, -z, and -x. wash

-> toys buy -> buys For words that end in -y : If -y is preceded by a vowel, only -s is added. toy -> babies cry -> cries If y is preceded by a consonant, the -y is changed to

-i/and -es is added. baby .Exercise 2, p. 84 Add -s or - es to the given words to make them plural. Practice saying them aloud. Write the pronunciation for each ending. 4. bush _________ __________ 5. hat _________ __________ 6. rise _________ __________ 7. season _________ __________ 8, develop _________ __________ 9. touch _________ __________ 10, cough _________ __________ 11. method _________ __________ 12. Language _________ __________

Answers 4. bushes /z/ 5. hats /s/ s/ 6. rises /z/ /z/ 7. seasons /z/ languages /z/ 8. develops /s/ 9. touches /z/ 10. coughs / 11. methods

12. Basic Subject-Verb Agreement General rule Singular verbs go with singular nouns, Plural verbs go with plural nouns. Singular Verb: My friend lives in Boston. Verb + -sl-es = third person singular in the simple present

tense Plural Verb: My friends live in Boston. Noun + -sl-es = plural Plural Verbs My brother and sister live in Boston. My brother, sister, and cousin live in Boston. Two or more subjects connected by and require a plural verb.

Every man, woman, and child needs love. Each book and magazine is listed in the bibliography. exception : Every and each are always followed immediately by singular nouns. In this case, even when there are two (or more) nouns connected by and, the verb is singular. book on political parties is interesting.

The ideas in that book are interesting. Sometimes a phrase or clause separates a subject from its verb. These interrupting structures do not affect basic agreement. In the first sentence, the interrupting prepositional phrase on political parties does not change the fact That book that I got from my parents was very interesting. The books I bought at the

bookstore were expensive. In the above sentences, the interrupting adjective clauses do not change the fact that the verbs was/were must agree with the subjects book/books. The Watching old movies is fun. A gerund (e.g., watching) used as the subject of the sentence requires a

singular verb. .Exercise 8, p. 87 Choose the correct completions. 1. Lettuce (is, are) good for you. 2. The subjects you will be studying in this course (is, are) listed in the syllabus. 3. The extent of Fatimas knowledge on various subjects (astounds, astound) me. 4. Oranges, tomatoes, fresh strawberries, cabbage, and lettuce (is, are) rich in vitamin C.

.Exercise 8, p. 87 5. Every man, woman, and child (is, are) protected under the law. 6. The professor and the student (agrees, agree) on that point. 7. Almost every professor and student at the university (approves, approve) of the choice of Dr. Brown as the new president. 5. is 6. agree 7. approves

.Exercise 8, p. 87 8. Each girl and boy in the sixth-grade class (has, have) to do a science project. 9. Tomatoes (is, are) easy to grow. Growing tomatoes (is, are) especially easy in hot climates. 10. Getting to know students from all over the world (is, are) one of the best parts of my job. 11. Where (does, do) your parents live? 8. has 9. areis

10. is 11. do .Exercise 8, p. 87 12. Annie had a hard time when she was coming home from the store because the bag of groceries (was, were) too heavy for her to carry. 13. Why (was, were) Yoko and Alex late for the meeting? 14. (Is, Are) having the responsibility for taking care of pets good for young children? 15. I like to go shopping when Im on vacation, but I dont buy many things. A lot of the stuff* in tourist shops (is, are) cheaply made and

overpriced. 12. was 13. were 14. is 15.is Using Expressions of Quantity Singular Verb Some of the book is good, A lot of the equipment is

new. Two-thirds of the money is mine. Most of our homework is easy. Plural Verb Some of the books are good. A lot of my friends are here. Two-thirds of the boys are here. Most of our assignments are easy.

In most expressions of quantity, the verb is determined by the noun (or pronoun) that follows of. For example: some of + singular noun = singular verb some of + plural noun = plural verb One of my friends is here. Each of my friends is here. Every one of my friends is here. EXCEPTIONS: One of, each

of, and every one of are followed by plural nouns and take singular verbs. None of the boys is here. None of the boys are here. Subjects with none o f used to be considered singular in very formal English, but plural verbs are often used in informal English and sometimes even in formal .writing The number of students

in the class is fifteen. The number is the subject. A number of students were late for class. A number of is an expression of quantity meaning a lot of. It is followed by a plural noun and a plural verb. .Exercise 11, p. 89 Choose the correct completions. Underline the word(s) that determine whether the verb is singular or plural. 2 . Some of the apples in that bowl (is, are) rotten.

3. Most of the movie (is, are) funny. 4. Most of the movies (is, are) funny. 5. Half of the students in the class (is, are) from Arabic-speaking countries. 6. Half of this money (is, are) yours. 2. apples . . . are 3. movie . . . Is 4. movies . . . are 5. students . . . are 6. money . . . is .Exercise 11, p. 89 7. A lot of the students in the class (is, are) from Southeast Asia. 8. A lot of clothing in those stores (is, are) on sale this week. 9. One of my best friends (is, are) coming to visit me next month.

10. Each boy in the class (has, have) his own notebook. 11. Each of the boys in the class (has, have) his own notebook 7. students . . . are 8. clothing . . . is 9. one . . . is 10. Each . . . has 11. Each . . . has .Exercise 11, p. 89 12. Every one of the students (is, are) required to take the final test. 13. None of the animals at the zoo (is, are) free to roam. All of them (is, are) in enclosures. 14. A number of students (is, are) absent today. 15. The number of employees in my company (is, are) approximately ten thousand.

16. One of the chief materials in bones and teeth (is, are) calcium. 12. Every one . . . is 13. animals . . . are . . . All . , . are 14. A number . . . are 15. The number . . . is 16. One . . . is .Exercise 11, p. 89 17. (Does, Do) all of the students have their books? 18. (Does, Do) all of this homework have to be finished by tomorrow? 19. Why (was, were) some of the students excused from the examination?

20. Why (was, were) one of the students excused from the examination? 17. Do . . . students 18. Does . . . homework 19. were . . . students 20. was . . . one .Exercise 12, P- 90 Complete to make sentences. 2 . The stories 3. Some of the story 4. Some of the stories 5. Two-thirds of the story 6. One of the stories 7. Each of the stories 8. None of the story

9. None of the stories 1 0 . A number of stories 2.are 3.is 4.are 5.is 6.is 7.is 8.is

9.are 10are .Exercise 12, P- 90 11 12 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19.

20. 11. is . The furniture . A lot of the furniture A lot of the chairs Some of the furniture Half of the furniture None of the furniture Some of the chairs Three-fourths of the furniture Seventy-five percent of the furniture Half of the chairs 12, is

13. are 14. is 15. is 16. is 17. are 18. is 19. is 20. are

Exercise 13. Warm-up. P. 90 Complete the sentences with your own words. 1. Think about (or look around) your classroom. There are ________in my classroom. There is ________in my classroom. 2. Think about (or look around) your bedroom. There are ______ in my bedroom. There is _____in my bedroom. Using There + Be

(a) There is a fly in the room. (b)There are three windows in this room. There + be introduces the idea that something exists in a particular place. There + be + subject + expression of place The subject follows be when there is used. In (a): The subject is a fly. (singular) In (b): The subject is three windows, (plural) (c)informal: There's two sides to every story. In informal spoken English, some native speakers use a singular verb

even when the subject is plural, as in (c). The use of this form is fairly frequent but is not generally considered to be grammatically correct. Task 4: Do exercise 14, p.91 Choose the correct completions. 1. There (isnt, arent) any letters in the mail for you today. 2. There (isnt, arent) any mail for you today. 3. There (is, are) a lot of problems in the world. 4. There (is, are) a hole in his sock.

5. How many kinds of birds (is, are) there in the world? 6. Why (isnt, arent) there a hospital close to those villages? 1. arent 2. isnt 3. are 4. is 5. are 6. isnt

7. There (was, were) a terrible earthquake in Iran last year. 8. Why (is, are) there a shortage of available apartments for rent in this city at present? 9. There (is, are) more women than men in my office. 10. There (has been, have been) a line in front of that theater every night for the past two weeks. 11. How many wars do you suppose there (has been, have been) in the history of the world? 7. was 8. is

9. are 10. has 11. have been Exercise 18. Warm-up. P. 92 Look at the subjects and verbs (in blue) in each pair of sentences. Some of them are exceptions to the rule. For example, nouns that end in -s usually take a plural verb, but sometimes not. Look for these irregularities 1. a. Nations are groups of people who share a common identity, b. The United Nations is an international organization. 2. a. Kilometers are measures of distance.

b. Seven kilometers is too far for me to run. 3. a. Mix and fix are verbs, b. Six and six is twelve. 4. a. Whales are mammals. b. People are mammals. 5. a. English is a language. b. The English are concerned about global warming. Some Irregularities Singular Verb The United States is big. The Philippines consists of more than 7,000 islands. The United Nations has its headquarters in New York City.

Harrods is a department store. Sometimes a proper noun that ends in -s is singular. In the examples, if the noun is changed to a pronoun, the singular pronoun it is used (not the plural pronoun they) because the noun is singular. The United States = it (not they) The news is interesting. News is singular.

Mathematics is easy for her. Physics is easy for her too. Fields of study that end in ics require singular verbs. Diabetes is an illness. Certain illnesses that end in -s are singular: diabetes, measles, mumps, rabies, rickets, shingles. Eight hours of sleep is enough.

Ten dollars is too much to pay. Five thousand miles is too far to travel. Expressions of time, money, and distance usually require a singular verb. Two and two is four. Two and two equals four. Two plus two is/equals four. Five times five is twenty-five.

Plural Verb Those people are from Canada. The police have been called. Cattle are domestic animals. Fish live under water. People, police, cattle, and fish do not end in -s, but they are plural nouns in the example sentences and require plural verbs. Singular Verbs English is spoken in many countries. (English = language) Chinese is his native language.

Plural Verbs The English drink tea. (The English= People from England) The Chinese have an interesting history. Some nouns of nationality that end in -sh, ese, and ch can mean either language or people, e.g., English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Portuguese, The poor have many problems. The rich get richer.

A few adjectives can be preceded by the and used as a plural noun (without final -s) to refer to people who have that quality. Other examples: the young, the elderly, the living, the dead, the blind, the deaf, the disabled. Task 4: Do exercise 19, p.94. .Exercise 19, P- 94 Choose the correct completions. 1. The United States ( has, have) a population of around 300

million. 2. The news about Mr. Gonzalez (is, are) surprising. 3. The New York Times (is, are) an established and respected newspaper. 4. Physics (seek, seeks) to understand the mysteries of the physical world. 5. Statistics (is, are) a branch of mathematics. 6. The statistics in that report on oil production (is, are) incorrect.* 7. Fifty minutes (is, are) the maximum length of time allowed for the exam. 8. Twenty dollars (is, are) an unreasonable price for the necklace. 9. Many people in the world (does, do) not have enough to eat. 10. The police (is, are) prepared in case there is a riot. 2. is

3. is 4. seeks 5, is 6. are 7. is 8. is 9. do 10. are

.Exercise 19, P- 94 11. Rabies (is, are) an infectious and often fatal disease. 12. The French (is, are) proud, independent people. 13. French (is, are) not my native language. 14. Many Japanese (commutes, commute) to their places of work. 15. Portuguese (is, are) somewhat similar to Spanish, (isnt it, arent they) 16. The poor (is, are) helped by government programs. 17. The blind (want, wants) the rest of us to treat them the same way we treat everyone else. 18. The effect of a honeybees sting on a human being (depends, depend) on that persons susceptibility to the bees venom. Most people (is, are) not in danger if they are stung, but there (has, have) been instances of allergic deaths from a single honeybee sting.

11. is 12. are 13. is 14. commute 15. is . . isnt it 16. are 17. want 18. depends. . . are . . . have .Exercise 20, P- 94 Choose the correct words (or numbers) in parentheses. Then complete the sentences with is or are. 2. (Statistics, Linguistics, Physics) ________ the study of the structure and nature of language. 3. (Diabetes, Measles, Rabies) ________ a blood-sugar illness. 4. (English, French, Afrikaans) _________ the official

language of Namibia. 5. People from Canada __________called (Canadas, Canadians, Canadese). 2. Linguistics is 3. Diabetes is 4. English is 5. are . . . Canadians .Exercise 20, P- 94 6. Approximately (60 percent, 70 percent, 80 percent') of the earth __________covered by water, but only (one percent, ten percent, twenty percent) of the earths water __________drinkable. .X .5 + 100 _________ (227, 275, 256) 312. 7 8. (The United Arab Emirates, The Netherlands, The Philippines) __________in the Northern Hemisphere (i.e., north of the equator).

9. (Fish, Whales, Cattle) __________not mammals. 6. 70 percent. . . is . . one percent. . . is 7. is 256 8. The Netherlands is 9. Fish are .Exercise 22, P- 95 Complete with is or are 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. A woman and her child One of the countries I would like to visit

Some of the cities I would like to visit A number of students Ten minutes 1. are 2. is 3. are 4. are 5. is .Exercise 22, P- 95

6. Most people 7. Chinese 8. The Chinese 9. The poor in my country 10. Washing the dishes 11. The United States 12. This exercise on subject-verb agreement 6. are 12. is 7. is 8. are 9. are

10. Is 11. is Exercise 23, p.96 Use the given phrases to complete with is or are 1. His ideas \ interesting 2. Some of the people \ friendly 3. One of the girls \ absent 4. Italian \ a Romance language 1. His ideas are interesting. 2. Some of the people are friendly.

3. One of the girls is absent. 4. Italian is a Romance language. Exercise 23, p.96 5. Two-thirds of the food \ gone 6. The clothes in that store \ expensive 7. The clothing in those stores \ inexpensive 8. Most of the stores in tourist towns \ overpriced 5. Two-thirds of the food is gone. 6. The clothes in that store are expensive. 7. The clothing in those stores is inexpensive. 8. Most of the stores in tourist towns are overpriced.

Exercise 24.p96 Choose the correct verb in each sentence. 1.The United Nations (has, have) an important role in todays world. 2. Mathematics (is, are) an interesting subject. 3. Both boys and girls (needs, need) to learn how to do housecleaning. 4. Every girl and boy in my country (needs, need) to have immunizations for certain diseases before entering public school. 5. Two hours of homework per day (is, are) too much for elementary school children. 1. has 2. is 3. need 4. needs 5. is

Exercise 24.p96 6. Having good computer skills (is, are) necessary if you want to get a high-paying job. 7. One of the biggest problems in the world today (is, are) the lack of clean, fresh drinking water for significant numbers of people. 8. We may come from different cultures and have different customs, but I believe that people across the world (is, are) more alike than different. 6. Is 7. is 8. are Exercise 25.p96 Decide if the sentences are correct (C) or incorrect (I). If incorrect, make the necessary changes.

3. Economists is worried. 4. Economics is a field of study. 5. Wheres Kenya on the map? 6. Wheres my gloves? I cant find them. 7. More men than women are left-handed. 8. Chinese have more than fifty thousand written characters. 3. I, are 4. C 5. C 6. I, are

7. C 8. I, has Exercise 25.p96 9. About two-thirds of the Vietnamese works in agriculture. 10. Two hours is too long to wait, dont you think? 11. How many people is there in Canada? 12. What is the population of Canada? 13. Everybody in my family enjoys music and reading. 14. Some of the movies these days contains too

much violence. 9. I, work 10. C 11. I, are 12. C 13. C 14. I, contain Exercise 26.P97 Complete the sentences. Use the simple present form of the verbs in

parentheses. 2. There ( be ) _____ a lot of sheep in the field. 3. One of my friends (keep) _____ a goldfish bowl on her kitchen table. 4. Sensitivity to other peoples feelings (make) ______ Sami a kind person. 5. Each car, truck, and motorcycle (be) ______ stopped at the border by customs officials. 6. My drivers license (be) ______ in my wallet. 7. (Do) _____ Samis uncle live in the suburbs? 2. are 3. keeps 4. makes 5. is

6. is 7. Does Exercise 26.P97 8. (Do) _____ most of the students live in the dormitories? 9. An orange and black bird (be) ____ sitting in that tree. 10. An orange bird and a black bird (be) _______ sitting in that tree. 11. The insurance rates on our car (be) ______ high because we live in a city. 12. (Be) ______ January and February the coldest months of the year in the Northern Hemisphere?

13. Almost two-thirds of the land in the southwestern areas of the country (be) ______ unsuitable for farming. 8. Do 9. is 10. are 11. are 12. are 13. is Exercise 26.P97

14. A car with poor brakes and no brake lights (be) ___ dangerous. 15. Almost all the information in those texts on the Aztec Indians and their civilization (appear) ____ to be well researched. 16. Every day there (be) ____ more than a dozen traffic accidents in the city. 17. No news (be) _____ good news. 18. Four hours of skiing ( provide) ____ plenty of exercise. 14. is 15. appears 16. are

17. is 18. provides Exercise 27. P. 98 Correct the errors in subject-verb agreement. Some sentences contain no errors. 3. A lot of the people in my class works during the day and attends class in the evening. 4. Many of the satellites orbiting the earth is used for communications. 5. The news about the long-range effects of air pollution on the development of childrens lungs is disturbing. 6. Studying a foreign language often lead students to

learn about the culture of the countries where it is spoken. 3. A lot of the people in my class work during the day and attend class in the evening. 4. Many of the satellites orbiting the earth are used for communications. 5. (no errors) 6. Studying a foreign language often leads students to learn about the culture of the countries where it is spoken. Exercise 27. P. 98 7. One of the most common names for dogs in the United States are Rover. 8. A number of planes were delayed due to the snowstorm in Denver. 9. Most of the mountain peaks in the Himalayan Range is covered with snow the year round.

10. The number of passengers affected by the delays was great. 11. Seventy-five percent of the people in New York City lives in upstairs apartments, not on the ground floor. 7. One of the most common names for dogs in the United States is Rover. )no errors(. 8 .Most of the mountain peaks in the Himalayan Range are covered with snow the year round. 9 )no errors(. 10 Seventy-five percent of the people in New York City live in upstairs apartments, not on the ground floor. 11 Exercise 27. P. 98 12. Approximately 76 percent of all the data in computers around the world is in English. 13. Unless there are a profound and extensive reform of government policies in the near

future, the economic conditions in that country will continue to deteriorate. 14. While I was in Paris, some of the best food I found were not at the well-known eating places but in small out-of-the-way cafes. 12. (no errors) 13. Unless there is a profound and extensive reform of government policies in the near future, the economic conditions in that country will continue to deteriorate. 14. While I was in Paris, some of the best food I found was not at the well-known eating places but in small out-of-the-way cafes.

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