Common Subject-Verb Agreement Problems

 

Compound subjects:

Yes: Marcia and Glenda are there.

Yes: There are Marcia and Glenda.

No: There= s Marcia and Glenda.

Yes: Sloppiness and disorganization are problems.

Yes: Some problems are sloppiness and disorganization.

No: Sloppiness and disorganization is a problem.

Inversion:

Yes: Responsibilities come with adulthood.

Yes: With adulthood come responsibilities.

No: With adulthood comes responsibilities.

Gerunds:

Yes: Going too fast around curves is dangerous.

No: Going too fast around curves are dangerous.

Embedded Material:

Yes: The flowers in the vase are wilting.

No: The flowers in the vase is wilting.

Yes: The mold growing on these oranges sickens me.

No: The mold growing on these oranges sicken me.

Expletives:

No: There is three reasons children hate broccoli.

Best: Children hate broccoli for three reasons

OK: There are three reasons children hate broccoli.

No: There is apples all over the lawn after a windstorm.

Best: Apples fall all over the lawn during a windstorm.

OK: There are apples all over the lawn after a windstorm.