Practice: Circle the verb that agrees with the subject.
Asia, Jamara, and Justine (is planning / are planning) the class party.
Asia ( offers / offer) her house for the party.
The class representatives (do / does) not want the party to be on a week day.
The volunteers (has been / have been) preparing sample dishes.
Everybody’s favorite so far (was / were) the vegetarian deep-dish pizza.
With Intervening Prepositional Phrases
Do not mistake a word in a prepositional phrase for the subject of a sentence. The verb must agree with the simple subject of the sentence. Example: The color of the roses pleases us. The simple subject color is singular
The verb pleasesis singular because it agrees with the singular subject.
Example: The flowers for the bouquet are pretty. The simple subject is _______________________________________________________
____________________________________________________ is a prepositional phrase.
The verb ____________ is plural because it agrees with the plural subject.
Directions: For the following sentences, underline the simple subject of the sentence and circle the verb form in parentheses that agrees with the subject.
A report for one of my history classes (is / are) about Elizabeth Keckley, an African American who became the dressmaker for and confidante of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln.
Keckley in her early years (was / were) enslaved in Virginia.
A daughter of the family (was . were) fond of Keckley and brought her to St. Louis to live.
Keckley ‘s talents in the art of dressmaking (was / were) so considerable that she was able to help support the family.