Subject-Verb Agreement Exercise

Combining Sentences With Correct Verb Forms

In this two-part exercise in subject-verb agreement, you will (1) select the correct form of the verb in the present tense, and (2) combine the sentences in the exercise into a cohesive paragraph.

If you're unfamiliar with sentence combining, you may find it helpful to read the article What Is Sentence Combining and How Does It Work?

 

Instructions:
This exercise has two steps:

 

  1. For each of the following sentences, write the correct form of the verb in parentheses. Keep to the present tense.
  1. Combine and arrange the 20 sentences in the exercise into a paragraph of eight or nine new sentences. You may add, delete, or alter words in the interest of clarity, coherence, and cohesion.

 

When you have completed both parts of the exercise, compare your work with the sample answers on page two.

 

  1. ____________ Old Hannah (wave) her dishrag.
  2. ____________ The customers (say) good night to her.
  3. ____________ The last customers of the night (leave) the diner.
  4. ____________ Hannah (close) the door behind them.
  5. ____________ She (slide) the bolt shut.
  6. ____________ Wearily, she (shuffle) over to the jukebox.
  7. ____________ The jukebox (stand) in one corner of the room.
  8. ____________ She (drop) a few coins into the jukebox.
  9. ____________ The jukebox (play) a sentimental ballad.
  10. ____________ As she wipes the counter and stools with a damp rag, Hannah (sing) along.
  11. ____________ The last notes of the song (fade) away.
  1. ____________ Hannah (switch) off the lights.
  2. ____________ She (cross) through the kitchen.
  3. ____________ She (enter) her little room in the back.
  4. ____________ She (lie) down on the cot.
  5. ____________ She (intend) to rest for just a minute.
  6. ____________ She soon (fall) asleep.
  7. ____________ Hannah (dream) she is a queen.
  1. ____________ Nobody in her kingdom can (tell) her what to do.
  2. ____________ The servants in her dream (attend) to all her wishes and commands.

Here are the answers to the two-part Subject-Verb Agreement Exercise.

I. Correct Verb Forms
  1. waves
  2. say
  3. leave
  4. closes
  5. slides
  6. shuffles
  7. stands
  8. drops
  9. plays
  10. sings
  11. fade
  12. switches
  13. crosses
  14. enters
  15. lies
  16. intends
  17. falls
  18. dreams
  19. tell
  20. attend

II. Sample Combinations

Goodnight, Old Hannah

Old Hannah waves her dishrag as the customers say good night to her. After the last customers leave the diner, Hannah closes the door behind them and slides the bolt shut. Wearily, she shuffles over to the jukebox in one corner of the room and drops in a few coins to play a sentimental ballad. As she wipes the counter and stools with a damp rag, she sings along with the sad old tune. Then, when the last notes of the song fade away, Hannah switches off the lights and crosses through the kitchen to her little room in the back. She lies down on the cot, intending to rest for just a minute, but soon she falls asleep. Hannah dreams she is a queen, and in her kingdom nobody can tell her what to do. The servants in her dream attend to all her wishes and commands.