Verbs must agree with their subjects in number. If the subject is singular, the verb must be singular. If the subject is plural, the verb must be plural.
One bird flies across the sky.
Two birds fly across the sky.
- Be careful! To make a noun plural, we usually add s, but adding s to a verb makes it third-person singular.
Beware of contractions:
Does + not = doesn't (singular)
Do + not = don't (plural)
I don't, you don't, he or she doesn't, we don't, and they don't.
Practice What You've Learned
- Choose the correct verb to complete the sentence.
- My brother Alex like/likes a girl named Elise.
- The otters enjoy/enjoys swimming in the pond near my house.
- Those peppermint cookies is/are the best dessert I've had in a while.
- Motor vehicles is/are not allowed on the beach.
- The wind in Chicago blows/blow off the lake, causing the temperatures to drop.
- That company make/makes its orange juice from oranges grown only in Florida.
- Those shoes doesn't/don't match that outfit.
- In Germany, some people still uses/use real candles on their Christmas trees.
- That vanilla orange candle smells/smell the best.
- That invasive kudzu vine grows/grow all over Florida.