by Liz Walter
One of the most common errors students make is to miss the ‘s’ from verbs after he, she or it:
Maria likes pizza.
Maria like pizza.
Of course, people will still understand you if you make this mistake, but you would lose marks for it in an English exam.
This sort of error is called an agreement error. Every normal sentence has a subject (in this case Maria) and a verb (like). The form of the verb depends on who or what the subject is. First, you need to think about whether the subject is singular or plural: Continue reading “We agree but she agrees: the importance of subject-verb agreement”