Agreement - Regular Verbs
To agree with a singular noun, a regular, present-tense verb should end in 's' or 'es', or have no special ending.
- Michael walks every day, and every day a loose dog turns him into a marathon runner.
- The dog catcher regularly catches an average of 10 loose dogs per day, of which at least five add to the odor that pervades the back of the truck.
- "Hey, I don't mind that odor," the dog catcher exclaims. "To me, it's the sweet smell of success."
To agree with a plural noun, a regular, present-tense verb does not need any special ending.
- Michael and Melissa leisurely walk the streets of Paris every morning, and every day the street-cleaning trucks seem to direct their spray toward them a bit more aggressively.
- You could say that they regularly catch a shower, which adds to their exhilaration and joie de vivre.
- "Hey, we like to walk, and we really do not mind the wetness," they exclaim. "It makes others think that we've just completed a long run."
Regular, past-tense verbs do not have to agree with their nouns; the past-tense ending ('d' or 'ed') overrides the need for further agreement.
- Michael completed a long run.
- Michael and Melissa completed a long run.
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