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The basic idea:
In the present tense, third person singular subjects, which usually do not end in S, always work with verbs that do end in S.

Plural subjects, which usually end in S, work with verbs that usually don't end in S.

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How we do it:

singular subject verb+s
The girl sings.
Max dances.
  
plural subject base form of the verb (no s)
The girls sing.
Max and Reilly dance.



Examples:

Take a look at the following sentences, answer the questions, and click the button near each one to test yourself:

Sentence 1:
The concert starts at 3.
What is the subject of the sentence?
Is the subject
singular?
or
plural?
How do you know?

 
Now, instead of "starts," write the sentence using the correct form (present tense) of the verb begin (be sure to use correct spelling, capitalization and punctuation):

 

Sentence 2:
Jugglers appear in Kissena Park every Friday.
What is the subject of the sentence?
Is the subject
singular?
or
plural?
How do you know?

 
Now, instead of "appear," write the sentence using the correct form (present tense) of the verb perform (be sure to use correct spelling, capitalization and punctuation):

 
The Tricky Parts:

There are only a few tricky things to watch out for. »


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