Subject/verb agreement example

Last updated: 13 Oct 2008

Now for an example subject/verb agreement problem for you to try.

The fact that we were not told, added to the other problems we have experienced, are the reasons we refuse to work with them.

  1. The fact that we were not told, added to the other problems we have experienced, are the reasons we refuse to work with them.
  2. The fact that we were not told, added to the other problems we have experienced, is the reason we refuse to work with them.
  3. The fact that we were not told, added to the other problems we has experienced, is the reason we refuse to work with them.
  4. The fact that we were not told, added to the other problems we have experienced, are the reason we refuse to work with them.
  5. The fact that we were not told, added to the other problems we has experienced, are the reason we refuse to work with them.

Try this yourself before you read the explanation below.

Explanation

We can tell that this a subject/verb agreement problem because the verb "to be" changes in the answer from "is" to "are".

The subject, which in this case is "the fact", needs the verb to be in the third person singular, which in this case would be "is".

That immediately eliminates A, D, and E.

C has the ungrammatical "we has experienced", and is therefore wrong.

The correct answer choice, which has appropriate subject/verb agreement, is B.

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