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What Are Agreement Errors

Subject-verbal chord errors occur when the scribe or spokesman uses the plural form of a verb, when the subject calls the singular form, or when the singular form of a verb is used, then the subject calls the plural form. “The subject does not agree with the verb,” is an example of a subject-verb agreement error. You would say, “The subject does not agree with the verb.” Use your verb to find your subject, then make sure you have used the right verb for the subject to find errors of subject agreement. Nothing makes writing dilettante and un professional as faults of fundamental sentences. This week we are dealing with errors in the pronoun-antecedent agreement and the subject verb agreement. Bock, K., Miller, C.A. (1991). Agreement broken. Cognitive Psychology, 23, 45-93. Errors of subject-verbal agreement appear in the English language when an author or speaker does not correspond to the number (singular or plural) of the verb with the number of the subject of the sentence. It is not always easy to recognize a subject-verb disunity because of the many exceptions to the rules of English, but some general guidelines will help the careful scribe to find most errors. For more information on the pronoun-antecedent agreement, visit Write for Business pages 325-326 and Write for Work pages 366-367.

When checking, make sure you have a particular agreement on the indefinite pronouns in the last column. The following examples show how these pronouns can be singular or plural: The word “agreement” means that the words an author uses must be aligned in number and sex (if any). For more details on the two main types of agreements, please see below: Object-Verb-Accord and Noun Pronoun. A lot can make the agreement between subjects a little difficult. Here are three examples. The theme of the main sentence (after the comma) is “faces” (especially “the faces of Stacy`s friends”), which logically cannot be the subject of the first sentence. This disagreement creates an insegibility clause. This must be the subject (of the whole sentence) that “looks down,” but it can be inferred that it is Stacy who is at the top because her “friend faces” have “smiled” on her.

Largy, P., Chanquoy, L., Fayol, M. (1993). Automatic and controlled letter: object agreement error in native French speakers.