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Subject - Verb Agreement - Exercise 4

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: Decide whether a singular or a plural verb is correct for each subject given. In some cases, the rule given in this section will determine the answer immediately. With –ics nouns, first determine the singular or plural meaning of the subject. Choose the correct verb from each parentheses. Write your answers in the space provided under each item.

1. Students are excited that economics (is, are) being taught this semester.

2. Unfortunately, dishonest politics (was, were) used to win the election.

3. Athletics (provides, provide) important opportunities for physical development.

4. Good news usually (travels, travel) fast.

5. Because of the mood in the Senate, statistics (was, were) compiled quickly for the report.

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, correct the sentence. Write the corrections in the space below.

6. For some time now civics have been a required course in the curriculum.

7. Ceramics takes a great deal of practice for proficiency.

8. In this particular situation, the economics are hard to determine.

9. Because of constantly changing public opinion, politics offer a challenging career to both men and women.

10. Indeed, mumps is a painful illness.



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