Subject-Verb Agreement Exercise (429)

Choose the correct form of the verb "to be" for each sentence below.

  • A set of serving dishes ____ on the table.

  • The mayor, along with his family, ____ scheduled to attend the festival.

  • A ball and an alphabet block ____ placed on the floor in front of the child.

  • Ten dollars ____ a typical cover charge for this type of event.

  • I agreed that three months ____ too long to wait.

Answers and Explanations

1. A set of serving dishes is on the table.

The subject of this sentence is "set," not "dishes," so the verb must be singular.

2. The mayor, along with his family, is scheduled to attend the festival.

"Along with" is not equivalent to "and"; the subject of the sentence, "the mayor," is singular.

3. A ball and an alphabet block are placed on the floor in front of the child.

A plural verb almost always follows two or more subjects connected by "and."

4. Ten dollars is a typical cover charge for this type of event.

Amounts of money, though described as a number of units of currency, are usually considered singular because an amount is considered a "set" of money, not an assortment of individual pieces.

5. I agreed that three months is too long to wait.

Like references to amounts of money, periods of time are generally considered singular rather than as discrete units.

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