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Subject-Verb Agreement Exercise

Combining Sentences With Correct Verb Forms

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In this two-part exercise in subject-verb agreement, you will (1) select the correct form of the verb in the present tense, and (2) combine the sentences in the exercise into a cohesive paragraph.

If you are unfamiliar with sentence combining, you may find it helpful to read the article What Is Sentence Combining and How Does It Work?



Instructions:
This exercise has two steps:

  1. For each of the following sentences, write the correct form of the verb in parentheses. Keep to the present tense.
  2. Combine and arrange the 20 sentences in the exercise into a paragraph of eight or nine new sentences. You may add, delete, or alter words in the interest of clarity, coherence, and cohesion.

When you have completed both parts of the exercise, compare your work with the sample answers on page two.

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  1. ____________ Old Hannah (wave) her dishrag.

  2. ____________ The customers (say) good night to her.

  3. ____________ The last customers of the night (leave) the diner.

  4. ____________ Hannah (close) the door behind them.

  5. ____________ She (slide) the bolt shut.

  6. ____________ Wearily, she (shuffle) over to the jukebox.

  7. ____________ The jukebox (stand) in one corner of the room.

  8. ____________ She (drop) a few coins into the jukebox.

  9. ____________ The jukebox (play) a sentimental ballad.

  10. ____________ As she wipes the counter and stools with a damp rag, Hannah (sing) along.

  11. ____________ The last notes of the song (fade) away.

  12. ____________ Hannah (switch) off the lights.

  13. ____________ She (cross) through the kitchen.

  14. ____________ She (enter) her little room in the back.

  15. ____________ She (lie) down on the cot.

  16. ____________ She (intend) to rest for just a minute.

  17. ____________ She soon (fall) asleep.

  18. ____________ Hannah (dream) she is a queen.

  19. ____________ Nobody in her kingdom can (tell) her what to do.

  20. ____________ The servants in her dream (attend) to all her wishes and commands.
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