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    Unhappy Teaching Subject and Verb Agreement

    Hi,

    To a student, how would one introduce the topic of subject and verb agreement. What will be cover and touch before jumping to its rules..?

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    Re: Teaching Subject and Verb Agreement

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Hi,

    To a student, how would one introduce the topic of subject and verb agreement. What will be cover and touch before jumping to its rules..?

    Thanks
    I think the most basic starting point is: one thing is; two things are.
    This can be done with little children, and pictures of one animal, or more than one.
    Here is one dog.
    Here are two dogs.
    <Show a picture>
    Teacher: How many dogs are there? (ask them to use a full sentence to reply).
    Learner: There is one dog / There are three dogs. (Rephrase an incorrect answer)
    Teacher: What is happening in this picture?
    Learner: The dog is running. The dogs are running. (Rephrase an incorrect answer)

    Once they understand that 'is' is for one, and 'are' is for more than one, you're halfway home.

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