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    noun/verb agreement

    Hello, how do you know what is a singular verb and what is a plural verb? Do they have to be learned or is there a way... for example, the "be" verbs...

    thanks in advance

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    Re: noun/verb agreement

    Quote Originally Posted by stressin
    Hello, how do you know what is a singular verb and what is a plural verb? Do they have to be learned or is there a way... for example, the "be" verbs...

    thanks in advance
    Well, verbs are not inherently singular, per se. That is, the endings on the verbs, specifically Present tense verbs, tell us whether the subject is singular or plural. For the most part, only the 3rd person singular of Present tense verbs carries an overt number/agreement marker. Like this,

    SINGULAR
    I swim
    You swim
    She swims
    He swims
    It swims

    PLURAL
    They swim
    You swim
    We swim

    Notice the verb swim has an -s only with singular subjects She, He, and It.

    As for the verb BE, Present tense, we have to learn the forms because they are irregular. That is, they don't follow a pattern like swim:

    SINGULAR
    I am
    you are
    She is
    He is
    It is


    PLURAL
    They are
    You are
    We are

    As for the verb BE, Past tense,

    I was
    You were
    She was
    He was
    It was

    They were
    You were
    We were

    Again, we have to learn the forms.

    As for the future, BE is regular, so we won't have to learn the forms:

    I will
    You will
    She will
    He will
    It will

    They will
    You will
    We will

    The verb HAVE is as follows:

    PRESENT: I have, You have, She has, He has, It has, They have, You have, We have

    Notice the -s (She has, He has, It has).

    PAST: I had, You had, She had, He had, It had, They had, You had, We had.

    Hope that helped out some. :D

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