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Common mistakes

This section details a range of common subject-verb agreement problems. Practice exercises allow for identification of correct forms.

Have you got a piece of your own writing handy? Check it to see if you are making any of these common mistakes.

Mistake 1 - When there is more than one noun before the verb, you make the verb agree with the wrong one.

The verb must agree with the head noun.

In the following sentences, all the nouns are in bold. Click on the noun that agrees with the verb.