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Subject-verb agreement


This is a tricky error - and it happens largely because of our great local dialect! smiley


In writing, the subject of a sentence should agree with the form of the verb used, e.g. "The people were happy." Children may sometimes write: "The people was happy." In this case, the subject of the sentence (the people) is plural, so we have to use 'were' not 'was'.


Depending on the child's age/ability, the teacher may highlight the incorrect verb form to help the child see where the problem is.


The child responds by writing the correct form of the verb above the incorrect one.




Examples to follow.




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