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Subject - Verb Agreement - Exercise 1

Directions: Write your answers in the space provided under each item. When you have completed both Parts I and II of the exercise, click on "Check My Answers" and check your answers with those on the answer key.

Part I

Directions: Each sentence below contains a choice for correct subject-verb agreement. Write the correct form in the space provided under each item.

1. At Yellowstone Park grizzly bears (doesn’t, don’t) have names; they have numbers.

2. In the meeting between human and bear, a wild-card factor (throws, throw) all calculations and studies to the wind.

3. The Yellowstone authorities should (has, have) kept thorough records on each bear.

4. When some bears (encounters, encounter) people, it is the bear who runs.

5. The great national parks (holds, hold) about 200 grizzlies, with possibly 30 of them being breeding females.

Part II

Directions: This group of sentences contains a mixture of correct and incorrect subject-verb combinations. Read each sentence carefully. If the subject and verb agree, write "correct" in the space provided below. If the subject and verb do not agree, change the number of the verb to make the two agree. Write the corrections in the space below.

6. Behind an experimental fenced yard protecting campers in Glacier National Park, six visitors has been fatally mauled by grizzlies in the past 19 years.

7. Meandering downriver toward a deer, three grizzly cubs comes within 15 yards of it.

8. To a grizzly almost anything are food except rocks.

9. Lingering snow patches often become playgrounds for grizzlies observed making snowballs.

10. Female grizzlies mates every third year in summer, without their fertilized eggs implanting in the womb until fall.



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