English Language: Elementary School: Grades 3, 4 and 5 Quiz - Grade 3 Language - Subject / Verb Agreement (Questions)

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In any sentence or clause, the subject must agree with the verb, e.g. 'The boys play football on Saturdays, but John plays only on Friday'. The subject 'boys' is plural, so the verb is required to be in the plural form 'play'. The subject 'John' is singular, so the verb is required to be in the singular form 'plays'.

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When you hear the English language, you will probably be able to detect a wrong subject/verb agreement, even if you don't know that's what it is. A word or words will sound wrong. Occasionally, in written language, it's harder to detect as our brains tend to read what should be correct. This is all very nice, and I am sure that you don't have any problems with this stuff. Unfortunately, there are situations that can cause some difficulties.

This quiz is a bit tricky, so take your time and read the questions carefully, even saying them out loud if it helps.

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1. In which of the following sentences is the subject-verb agreement correct?
[ ] Boys and girls learns at school.
[ ] The cave seem dark.
[ ] My haircut look good.
[ ] Sally runs to the store.
2. In which of the following sentences is the subject-verb agreement correct?
[ ] Her hair is blonde.
[ ] My job are teaching.
[ ] A goose were in the yard.
[ ] Tina are a nice girl.
3. In which of the following sentences is the subject-verb agreement correct?
[ ] The store are down the street.
[ ] Horses run to the barn.
[ ] The farm animals looks at the farmer.
[ ] A boy were five years old.
4. In which of the following sentences is the subject-verb agreement correct?
[ ] The street fills with people.
[ ] Sugar pour from the cup.
[ ] My skates rolls on the ground.
[ ] The ocean waves moves a lot.
5. Which pronoun fits into the blank for correct pronoun-antecedent agreement?
Sally read ____ report to the class.
[ ] his
[ ] their
[ ] her
[ ] our
6. Which pronoun fits into the blank for correct pronoun-antecedent agreement?
My family and I went to ____ favorite restaurant.
[ ] their
[ ] our
[ ] his
[ ] her
7. Which pronoun fits into the blank for correct pronoun-antecedent agreement?
The dog lost ____ bone today.
[ ] my
[ ] our
[ ] its
[ ] his
8. In which of the following sentences is the subject-verb agreement wrong?
[ ] People is easily duped by politicians
[ ] People are easily duped by politicians
[ ] The government are doing a good job
[ ] The government is doing a good job
9. Which pronoun fits into the blank for correct pronoun-antecedent agreement?
Children love to eat ____ candy from Halloween.
[ ] his
[ ] her
[ ] its
[ ] their
10. Which pronoun fits into the blank for correct pronoun-antecedent agreement?
Bobby wanted ____ mother to help with homework.
[ ] his
[ ] her
[ ] their
[ ] our
English Language: Elementary School: Grades 3, 4 and 5 Quiz - Grade 3 Language - Subject / Verb Agreement (Answers)
1. In which of the following sentences is the subject-verb agreement correct?
[ ] Boys and girls learns at school.
[ ] The cave seem dark.
[ ] My haircut look good.
[x] Sally runs to the store.
The subject is single, so the verb needs to be single too.
2. In which of the following sentences is the subject-verb agreement correct?
[x] Her hair is blonde.
[ ] My job are teaching.
[ ] A goose were in the yard.
[ ] Tina are a nice girl.
The subject is single, so the verb must be single too.
3. In which of the following sentences is the subject-verb agreement correct?
[ ] The store are down the street.
[x] Horses run to the barn.
[ ] The farm animals looks at the farmer.
[ ] A boy were five years old.
The subject is plural and the verb is plural too.
4. In which of the following sentences is the subject-verb agreement correct?
[x] The street fills with people.
[ ] Sugar pour from the cup.
[ ] My skates rolls on the ground.
[ ] The ocean waves moves a lot.
The subject and verb are both single.
5. Which pronoun fits into the blank for correct pronoun-antecedent agreement?
Sally read ____ report to the class.
[ ] his
[ ] their
[x] her
[ ] our
Since Sally is a girl and there is only one of her, “her” is the correct answer.
6. Which pronoun fits into the blank for correct pronoun-antecedent agreement?
My family and I went to ____ favorite restaurant.
[ ] their
[x] our
[ ] his
[ ] her
Our is used to mean someone else and myself which is in this sentence.
7. Which pronoun fits into the blank for correct pronoun-antecedent agreement?
The dog lost ____ bone today.
[ ] my
[ ] our
[x] its
[ ] his
Since a dog is a thing, its is the correct pronoun.
8. In which of the following sentences is the subject-verb agreement wrong?
[x] People is easily duped by politicians
[ ] People are easily duped by politicians
[ ] The government are doing a good job
[ ] The government is doing a good job
In British English, most collective nouns can be treated as singular or plural; however, 'people' and 'police' require a plural verb form.
9. Which pronoun fits into the blank for correct pronoun-antecedent agreement?
Children love to eat ____ candy from Halloween.
[ ] his
[ ] her
[ ] its
[x] their
This subject is plural and it needs a plural pronoun which is their.
10. Which pronoun fits into the blank for correct pronoun-antecedent agreement?
Bobby wanted ____ mother to help with homework.
[x] his
[ ] her
[ ] their
[ ] our
Bobby is a boy, so the pronoun would be his.