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Subject - Verb Agreement - Exercise 2

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 compound subject. Choose the correct verb from the parentheses to agree with the compound subject. Write your answers in the space provided under each item.

1. Both Democrats and Republicans (is, are) electing a new leader.

2. Neither threats nor hostile action (scares, scare) the enemy.

3. The actors and the director (understands, understand) the lighting problems.

4. The surfer or the swimmers (is, are) responsible for the littered beach.

5. A good diet and a realistic exercise plan (combines, combine) to help one lose weight.

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. A sweet potato and some carrots provides Vitamin A, important for healthy eyes.

7. The eyes or the skin is often adversely affected by a lack of Vitamin A.

8. Neither bleach nor dyes really helps unhealthy hair look better.

9. Ripe tomatoes, leafy Brussels sprouts, and a handy orange is rich in Vitamin C.

10. Unfortunately for the sedentary, neither diet nor vitamins alone provide sufficient fuel for good health.



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