1 Name Date SUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENT EXERCISE 1 Directions: In the blank, use the correct present tense form of the infinitive given at the beginning of each sentence. Check your answers with the interactive version of the exercise. 1. to have: The cracked windshield, in addition to the torn upholstery and rusted body, __________ made Ruth s old car difficult to sell. 2. to be: This week's National Inquisitor claims that there __________ photographs of the Loch Ness Monster eating Elvis. 3. to work: At Tito s Taco Palace __________ friends who will stuff double meat into our burritos for free. 4. to crawl: On the tables in the library __________ the many germs that have escaped in the hot breath of hardworking students. 5. to be: None of this breakfast that Lilly Mae cooked __________ fit to eat. 6. to taste: None of these chocolate-broccoli muffins __________ good, either. 7. to have: The whole red ant colony, including the queen and all of her drones, __________ swarmed over Tommy's feet, stinging his ankles. 8. to make: Fifteen gallons of chocolate milk __________ Herbert the elephant a happy pachyderm. 9. to hope: Everyone on the roller coaster, including Martha and Angie, __________ that the hot dogs, onion rings, funnel cake, and cotton candy will stay down during the twisting ride to come. 2 10. to bother: Neither Fred's ratty clothes nor his sullen attitude __________ Esmeralda, who lets Fred pick up the check every time they dine out. 11. to hug: That pair of jeans __________ the curves of Hannah s body as nicely as tinfoil on a baked potato. 12. to annoy: Neither the coughing muffler nor the squeaky brakes __________ Ruth as much as the broken radio in her old car. 13. to get: Florida alligators usually __________ severe indigestion after eating poodles. 14. to cling: Every cat hair, candy wrapper, and loose thread __________ to the super-charged polyester pants that Theodora loves to wear. 15. to know: Any one of Ms. Orsini's students __________ the rules that govern subject-verb agreement. 16. to take: The shine on my hardwood floors __________ abuse from the ragged toenails of Floyd, my dog. 17. to have: Neither of those students __________ a clue about the rules governing subject-verb agreement. Pity them both during the quiz. 18. to make: Patience and compassion, in addition to a wallet bulging with money, __________ everyone want Jordan as a friend. 19. to require: Statistics __________ so much homework that Michelle's poor fingers have permanent indentations from the calculator pads. 20. to come: The committee ___________ from all parts of the city, so we usually have to start late because so many members get stuck in traffic. 21. to believe: The committee ___________ that waiting until everyone arrives is more important than starting on time. 3 22. to be: When Dad is angry, there __________ fire flickering in his eyes as well as smoke escaping from his ears. 23. to brighten: When Matthew is having a bad day, old episodes of The X-Files always __________ his mood. 24. to hit: Each of those opera singers regularly ___________ notes high enough to break glass and rupture eardrums. 25. to be: Either the fried oyster sandwich or shrimp pizza __________ the best choice for lunch at Crusty's Seafood Restaurant. Grammar Bytes! | | 2018
Subject-Verb Agreement – Exercise 1
1 Name Date SUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENT – EXERCISE 1 Directions: In the blank, use the correct present tense form of the infinitive given at the beginning of each sentence. Check your answers with the interactive version of the exercise. 1. to have: The cracked windshield, in addition to the torn upholstery and rusted body, _____ made Ruth’s old car difficult to sell.
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