If you use it, it exists and it exists, `there is never the subject. The subject is the word that comes after the verb. In these sentences, each of the verbs corresponds to its theme. Well, you`re right, if the subject of our sentence is a pronoun (me, you, her, her, us, them), it`s easy to make sure our verbs agree. But how many times do we start sentences with her in an IELTS essay?!!! I guess here, ”a team” is the subject that includes a firefighter and a sedative. The verb must therefore be a singular form. It`s confusing, isn`t it? And this is just one example of subjects that seem to be plural, but in fact singularly. As we will see in a moment, there are many more! Therefore, you have to look at this word to decide whether the verb is singular or plural. So if you started a sentence with this clause — having children — even if it`s followed by plural children, our verb must be singular! What sometimes confuses people is when there are several names after the verb. It is customary to make the mistake of using a plural verb. In fact, the verb should only correspond to the first name. There are other things that are important to understand to make sure that you are using the subject`s compliance correctly in all contexts, and some things that are confusing.
With these phrases, the verb must coincide with the name closest to the verb: So, in today`s post, I would like to start by looking at what the subject/verb chord is and how to avoid the most common mistakes made by many IELTS test takers. Some students really have to work to write correct ”subject-verb” sentences. The absence of the verb in a sentence is a serious error that will definitely affect your score. Here is an example of a sentence that contains a single grammatical theme: Therefore, an essential OET writing board is to improve the detection of these errors and then remove them from the letter. Remember that it can be easy to detect a simple error in the subject`s chord, but longer sentences involve much greater challenges, and you need to look harder to detect errors. The parking lot (singular theme) was (verb) full. The car parks (plural theme) were full (verb). Modal verbs are always followed by the naked infinitive, so that in this case, the singular third person is no longer a singular verb: More, there are some subjects that have the opposite problem – they see plural, but they are actually singular! Take, for example, subjects that start with a GERUND – the verbs that follow them are always singular!!! And I mean ALWAYS. no matter if you have a plural noun later in the subject, if your sentence starts with a yawn, it will take a singular verb to ALWAYS.