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12.1 Subject-Verb Agreement Pretest

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Instructions

A Pretest allows you to see what you need to concentrate on in the text.

Avoid subject-verb agreement problems in the following sentences by selecting the correct verb from those provided in parentheses. The computer will tell you if you're correct or not. At the end of the pretest, click on "My totals, please" and the computer will break down the total scores, showing which sections of this chapter you should concentrate on.

  1. Both you and I ____________ sure to receive athletic scholarships at the end of this semester. (are, is)
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  2. I think that there ____________ one of Toni Morrison's books on Julia's top shelf. (were, was)
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  3. I hope you didn't buy any more of that popcorn that ____________ not pop. (do, does)
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  4. Olive's husband, along with two of his partners, ____________ coming over for dinner. (are, is)
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  5. I know you're busy, but there ____________ two men at the door asking for you. (is, are)
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  6. Probably the professor or the department head ____________ the answer. (know, knows)
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  7. According to the municipal health department, there ____________ no cases of AIDS reported in the city last year. (was, were)
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  8. The whole point of those songs ____________ to make you cry. (is, are)
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  9. The mineral that you often find in these rocks ____________ the cliffs a pink tint in the morning or evening light. (give, gives)
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  10. All the houses that face the pond ____________ relying on well water. (is, are)
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  11. That fabric is defective because the threads that go crosswise near the top ____________ little bumps. (have, has)
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  12. The language of the workers on the road crew ____________ me wonder if my kids should be playing around them. (make, makes)
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  13. The president may not like the coverage he's getting, but the Bill of Rights ____________ him from censoring it. (prohibit, prohibits)
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  14. While I'm cleaning out the stalls, there ____________ never anyone else around. (is, are)
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  15. One of the trainees in my class ____________ that people can live after death as zombies. (believe, believes)
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  16. Most of the people in her church ____________ agreed on at least that one issue. (have, has)
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  17. It doesn't matter to them that all of the scientific evidence ____________ them. (contradict, contradicts)
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  18. Burt will stop working at 3:30 even though some of the other assemblers ____________ not stop until 4:00. (do, does)
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  19. Not everyone in these apartments ____________ that way. (feel, feels)
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  20. With every day that Rene lives in town, more of his parents' motives ____________ clear to him. (become, becomes)
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  21. The women who ____________ making all the phone calls for the club could have used some help. (is, are)
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  22. In the cafeteria I met four students who ____________ already taken that course. (have, has)
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  23. Violet is eager to tell everyone about the book that ____________ changed her life. (have, has)
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  24. The man who ____________ the world high-jump record is Vladimir Yashchenko. (hold, holds)
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  25. Of all the planets in our solar system, Saturn, which ____________ the second largest, is the least dense; in fact, it would float in any sea that was large enough to hold it. (are, is)
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  26. Both the dolphin and the whale ____________ complex melodies under water. (sing, sings)
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  27. But neither the dolphin nor the whale ____________ been included in this program abut animal musicians. (have, has)
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  28. Alex doesn't think that there ____________ any insecticides that kill Japanese beetles. (is, are)
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  29. Maybe Lavar or your brothers ____________ met the woman who signs the immigration papers. (have, has)
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  30. Whenever I go into that bank, there ____________ all those silent eyes staring at me. (is, are)
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