Subject Verb Agreement Quiz! Exam

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  • 1. 

    The price of these jeans is/are reasonable.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "is" because the subject of the sentence is "price," which is singular. Therefore, the verb "is" should agree with the singular subject.

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  • 2. 

    The books borrowed from the library is/are on my desk.

    Explanation
    The word "books" is plural, so the correct form of the verb to use is "are."

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  • 3. 

    The boy who won the two medals is/are a friend of mine.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "is" because the subject of the sentence is "The boy" which is singular. Therefore, the verb "is" should also be singular to agree with the subject.

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  • 4. 

    Bread and butter is/are our daily food.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "is" because the subject "Bread and butter" is treated as a singular noun phrase in this sentence. Even though it consists of two separate items, they are considered as a single entity when referring to them as daily food. Therefore, the singular form "is" is used to match the subject.

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  • 5. 

    The famous singer and composer has/have arrived.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "has" because "famous singer and composer" is a singular noun phrase, so it requires a singular verb form. "Has" is the correct form of the verb "to have" for the third person singular subject.

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  • 6. 

    Collecting match-boxes is/are one of his favourite pastimes.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "is" because the subject "Collecting match-boxes" is singular, so it requires the singular form of the verb "is".

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  • 7. 

    The quality of the candies is/are poor.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "is" because the subject of the sentence is "quality," which is singular. Therefore, the verb "is" agrees with the singular subject.

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  • 8. 

    Neither his father nor his mother plays/play mahjong.

    Explanation
    The sentence is using the conjunction "nor" to join the subjects "his father" and "his mother." When using "nor," the verb that follows should agree with the subject that is closest to it. In this case, the subject closest to the verb is "mother," which is singular. Therefore, the correct verb form to use is "plays."

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  • 9. 

    Neither parent is/are fond of playing mahjong.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "is" because the subject "Neither parent" is singular, so the verb should also be singular. In this case, "is" is the correct form of the verb to agree with the singular subject.

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  • 10. 

    None of my friends was/were there.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "was" because the subject "None" is singular and requires a singular verb form. In this sentence, "None of my friends" acts as the subject, and since "friends" is plural, it might seem logical to use the plural verb "were". However, "None" is a negative pronoun that always takes a singular verb. Therefore, the correct verb form to use is "was".

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  • 11. 

    Many a student has/have made the same mistake.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "has" because the phrase "Many a student" is singular, even though it may sound plural. "Many a" is an idiomatic expression that means "many" or "a lot of." In this case, it refers to multiple students collectively as a single entity. Therefore, the verb "has" is used to agree with the singular subject.

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  • 12. 

    Gold, as well as platinum, has/have recently risen in price.

    Explanation
    In the sentence, "Gold, as well as platinum, has recently risen in price," "has" is used to match the singular noun "Gold." The conjunction "as well as" doesn't change the singular nature of the subject, so the singular verb "has" is appropriate to convey the simultaneous rise in the prices of both metals.

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  • 13. 

    The boss, as well as his colleagues, has/have been robbed by the robber.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "has" because the subject "The boss, as well as his colleagues" is considered as a singular noun phrase. Even though it includes multiple individuals, the verb should agree with the singular subject. Therefore, "has" is the correct form of the verb to use in this sentence.

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  • 14. 

    Ten tons is/are a heavy load.

    Explanation
    The subject "Ten tons" is singular, so the correct form of the verb to use is "is."

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  • 15. 

    Fifty miles is/are a long distance.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "is" because "fifty miles" is a singular noun phrase, and in English, singular noun phrases are typically followed by the verb "is" rather than "are."

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  • 16. 

    Thirty years is/are a long time.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "is" because the verb "is" agrees with the singular noun "time." In this sentence, "Thirty years" is being treated as a singular unit, so the singular form of the verb should be used.

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  • 17. 

    One of the books has/have been missing.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "has" because "one" is a singular pronoun, so it requires the singular form of the verb "to have." Therefore, the correct form is "has."

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  • 18. 

    The poor is/are suffering.

    Explanation
    The word "are" is the correct answer because it agrees with the subject "poor" in number. "Poor" is a plural noun, so it requires a plural verb form. Therefore, "are" is the appropriate verb to use in this sentence.

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  • 19. 

    You should decide which one of the three choices A, B, or C best answers/answer the question.

  • 20. 

    One of the most intelligent students who ______ score/scores full marks ______ is/are John.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "score, is". In this sentence, the subject "One of the most intelligent students" is singular, so the verb "is" should be used. Additionally, the verb "score" should agree with the subject "One," so it should be in the third person singular form "scores." Therefore, the correct sentence is "One of the most intelligent students who scores full marks is John."

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  • 21. 

    The only one of these most intelligent students who ________is/are under 18 ________is/are Peter.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "is, is". This is because the sentence is referring to a singular noun, "Peter", who is the only one among the most intelligent students who is under 18. Therefore, the verb "is" should be used. Additionally, since the sentence is stating two separate facts about Peter (that he is the only one and that he is under 18), the second "is" is also required to connect these two ideas.

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  • 22. 

    One of these most intelligent students whose example ________ is/are being followed ________ is/are John.

    Explanation
    The first blank should be "is" because the phrase "whose example is being followed" refers to the example of one student among many, hence the singular verb "is" is required.
    The second blank is also "is" because the main subject of the sentence, "One of these most intelligent students," calls for a singular verb form to agree with "one."

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