Agreement - Complementary Elements in Sentences
Many of the rules of English grammar and sentence structure are baseed on one basic concept:
Complementary elements in sentences must agree.
Complementary elements "go together." Parts of a sentence need to be compatible (complementary) in order to create meaning.
There are seven sets of elements that must agree, whenever they occur in a sentence, in order for the sentence to make sense:
- nouns and their verbs
- nouns and their pronouns
- pronouns and pronouns
- nouns and adjectives
- verbs and verbs
- verbs and adverbs
- words or phrases in a series (parallelism)