January 26, 2015

Case: The Basics


The case of a pronoun indicates whether the pronoun initiates the action (e.g., subjective case), receives the action (e.g., objective case) or conveys ownership (e.g., possessive case). There are three types of case: Subjective/Nominative … [Read more...]

Agreement: Pronouns that ALWAYS Take a Singular Verb

First it might be helpful to remember that the singular form of all verbs — except "to be" and "to have" — is formed by adding "s" or "es." For example: dives, runs, answers, crashes, presses and tosses. When used as a subject or adjective these … [Read more...]

Agreement: Singular or Plural Subject? It Depends

When the parts of a compound subject are joined by or, but, either ... or, neither ... nor, not only ... but also the verb must agree with the subject nearest to the verb. Neither the Oregon players nor the coach was overconfident. "Coach" is … [Read more...]