Many writers struggle with subject–verb agreement, especially in longer sentences where it may be difficult to identify the subject. Remember that the subject and the verb must agree in number, even if the subject is complex or contains extra information. When in doubt, break down the sentence to identify the subject. In the following examples, the subject is in italics, and the verb is in bold italics:
Check out the webpage on subject–verb agreement for more rules and examples.
Revision Tip: Look back through your most recent draft of your capstone document and check for subject–verb agreement in a couple of paragraphs. Highlighting or bolding the subject may help to better visualize the elements of the sentence. Make revisions as needed.