1. Always use the correct verb form.
Consult a guide for help with irregular verbs.
2. Additional subject-verb agreement rules:
- “There” or “here” is never the subject.
Examples: There are two books on the subject.
Here are the paints you need.
- Treat two subjects joined by and as a plural subject; think of the conjunctive and as a plus sign.
Example: The parents and their child sit in this room while waiting.
- When two subjects are joined by or or nor, make the verb agree with the subject nearer the verb.
Example: Marjorie or her kids are going with us.
- A collective noun usually takes a singular verb.
Example: The committee meets on Monday, at 1:30.
- In formal writing, treat anybody, anyone, everybody, everyone, nobody, no one, and nothing as singular nouns.
Example: Everyone in the offices was surprised when students brought their children to class to demonstrate for more on-campus daycare.