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    subject verb agreement

    Watch the woman walk down the street.
    Watch as the woman walks down the street.

    Why does the addition of the word “as” change the verb from "walk" to "walks"?

    Watch the women walk down the street.
    Watch as the women walk down the street.

    Why is there no change here?

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    Re: subject verb agreement

    With verbs of observation: watch, see, hear, etc. the person (or thing) you are watching (or listening to, seeing, etc.) is an object and is followed by the main form of the verb--that is, the verb without the "to."
    Watch her walk
    See him swim
    Listen to them sing
    Hear him yell.

    When you add the "as" you are not saying "watch her" but just "watch" as this other thing happens.

    The woman walks.
    The plural women walk. The form of the plural verb is the same as the main verb without the to.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: subject verb agreement

    PS - Welcome to the forums.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: subject verb agreement

    Thanks for your help!

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