Even when other words or phrases occur between them, a subject and a verb must agree. EXAMPLE: The geese are migrating south for the winter. Because flock is the subject, the verb should be flying. When determining verb number, ignore the prepositional phrase geese.

The grammatical idea of subject-verb agreement states that the subject of a sentence must agree with the primary verb of the same sentence. Singular subjects use singular verbs, whereas plural subjects use plural verbs.

The general rule is that a singular subject uses a singular verb and a plural subject uses a plural verb.

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