Learn about action verbs & subject agreement in a sentence. What it is, how they agree and how they are used.

Action Verbs Subject Verb Agreement

 

Warm-Up Question

 

robot-DIY

 

The robot hammer the nail into the fence.

 

Which of these are correct?

 

A. The subject of the sentence is the robot. 

B. The subject and the verb in the sentence agree. 

C. The subject and verb in the sentence do not agree.

D. The verb is irregular.

 

 

 the answer

ANSWER

 

 

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The robot hammer the nail into the fence.

 

Which of these are correct?

 

A. The subject of the sentence is the robot. ✅

B. The subject and the verb in the sentence agree. ❌

C. The subject and verb in the sentence do not agree. ✅

D. The verb is irregular. ❌

 

 

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Learn About Action Verbs - Subject Verb Agreement

 

a sentence must have two things

 

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1. a sentence must have a subject

 

2. a sentence must also have a main verb

 

 

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1. a sentence must have a subject

 

in sentences with an action verb the subject will be the noun (the person or thing) that is doing the action

 

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The robots painted the wall blue.

 

the subject of this sentence is the robots because this is the noun that is doing the action

 

 

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2. a sentence must also have a main verb

 

action verbs are one type of main verb a sentence might have

 

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action verbs tell us the action that a subject is doing

 

Leggy filled the buckets with blue paint.

 

 

subject | action verb

 

 

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sentences with an action verb might also have an object

 

the object will be who or what has the action done to it

 

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The parrot perched on top of the chest.

 

subject | verb object

 

this is the subject because it is the noun that is doing the action

 

this is the action so this is the verb

 

this is the object because the action is being done to it

 

 

 

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when action verbs are used on their own

 

they are called main verbs

 

 

They look at the hologram.

 

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simple present tense

 

They looked at the hologram.

 

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simple past tense

 

 

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most verbs have ed added to them to make them past tense

 

 

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verb | jump

 

present tense | he jumps /she jumps/they jump

 

for past tense add ed | jumped

 

 

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verbs that have a d or ed added to the end of them to form

the past tense are called regular verbs

 

 

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simple present

 

The aliens lift their toy swords.

 

...

 

simple past

 

The aliens lifted their toy swords.

 

  

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the tense of a main action verb changes

when the time of the action changes

 

red-car

 

 

simple present

 

The car races to the finishing line.

 

...

 

simple past

 

The car raced to the finishing line.

 

 

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in the present tense the verb also changes

depending on the number of subjects

 

 

The pirate looks at the map.

 

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one subject - the pirate

 

an s is added to the verb

 

The pirates look at the map.

 

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 more than one subject - the pirates

 

no s is added to the verb

 

 

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one

subject…

 

alien

 

is called singular

 

 

more than

one subject…

 

 aliens

 

is called plural

 

 

 

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in the present tense nouns and verbs act

in the opposite way when we make them plural

 

 

most nouns need an s to make them plural

 

robot

robot-laughing

 

robots

 

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but we add an s to most verbs to make them singular

 

they laugh

 

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it laughs

 

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in the present tense the verb depends on

if there is one or more than one subject

 

robot-laughing

 

subject | robot

 

singular noun | no s

 

...

 

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subjects | robots

 

plural noun | add s

 

 

...

 

 

robot-laughing

 

subject | it laughs

 

singular verb | add s

 

...

 

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subjects | they laugh

 

plural verb | no s

 

 

 

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there should only be an s on the end of the

noun or the verb in a sentence - not on both

 

 

The pirate waits for a ship.

 

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the s is on the verb

 

The pirates wait for a ship.

 

pirates

 

the s is on the noun

 

 

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what verb you use depends on how many subjects

there are and when the subject did the action

 

one subject

 

present tense verbs usually end in s

 

penguin

 

The penguin throws a snowball.

...

He throws a snowball.

...

She throws a snowball.

...

It throws a snowball.

 

 

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more than one subject

 

present tense verbs do not end in s

 

penguins

 

The penguins throw a snowball.

...

They throw a snowball.

 

 

 

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the subject of a sentence and the tense of

the main verb in the sentence must agree

 

 

 

 

one subject = singular verb

 

farm

The farmer lives on the farm.

 

singular verb - lives

 

more than one subject = plural verb

 

farm

The animals live on the farm.

 

plural verb - live

 

 

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the subject and the verb in a sentence need to agree

this is called tense consistency

 

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  The pirate plays a game of cards.

 

subject | verb

 

...

 

❌  The pirate play a game of cards.

 

subject | verb

 

  

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in the past tense regular action verbs stay

the same regardless of number of subjects

 

 

 

The detective looked for clues.

 

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looked used for

one subject

 

The detectives looked for clues.

 

detectives

looked used for

more than one subject

 

 

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regular action verbs end in ed in the past tense

 

some verbs called irregular verbs do not follow this pattern

 

 

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one of the irregular action verbs that we use the most is the verb went

 

went is the past tense of go

 

simple present

 

They go for a walk in the park.

 

...

 

simple past

 

They went to the cinema afterwards.

 

 

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irregular verbs

 

are verbs that are different in the past tense

 

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simple present

 

Toby catches the ball.

 

simple past

 

Toby caught the ball.

 

 

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irregular verbs are different in the past tense

 

so each verb has to be learnt individually

 

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simple present

 

Patch knows where the treasure is.

 

...

 

simple past

 

Patch knew where the treasure was.

 

 

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irregular verbs

 

are verbs that are different in the past tense

 

halloween

 

simple present

 

The children go to a Halloween party.

 

...

 

simple past

 

The children went to a Halloween party.

 

 

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learn club remember

 

there are three types of verb - this unit only looked at action verbs

 

action verbs

 

robot_walking

 

The robot rushes.

 

action

 

helping verbs

 

robot_walking

 

The robot is rushing.

 

action

linking verbs

 

robot_walking

 

The robot is late.

 

no action

 

 

 

the difference between the three types of verb

 

 

action verbs

 

children_on_the_beach

 

They played

on the sand.

 

describes the action

 

helping verbs

 

children_on_the_beach

 

They are playing

on the sand.

 

describes the action

linking verbs

 

children_on_the_beach

 

They are

on the beach.

 

describes the subject

 

 

all the sentences in this unit were simple sentences

 

all the sentences in this unit were simple sentences because they had only one subject and one verb

 

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there are two other types of sentence that both have two subjects and two verbs

 

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these two other types of sentence are

compound sentences and complex sentences

 

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Now take the Action Verbs and Subject Verb Agreement Quiz to find out what you have learned... 

 

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