BA English Notes: Paper B, The Verb, Rules of Correction:

Rules of Correction:

Rule No 1:

 The verb must agree with a number and person.

  1. He were going to college. (Incorrect).

He was going to college.

  1. They has finished their work. (incorrect)

They have finished their work.

Rule No 2:

when two subjects are joined with “by, with, along, as long as, in addition to” the verb and the pronoun follow with the 1st subject.

  1. Aslam with all his friends are sure to pass. (incorrect)

Aslam with all his friends is sure to pass.

  1. I as well as he goes to college. (incorrect)

I as well as he go to college.

Rule No 3:

when two subjects are joined with “are, either or, neither nor and not only but also” the verb and pronoun follow the nearest last subject.

  1. Neither he nor his friends was present in the party. (Incorrect) 

Neither he nor his friends were present in the party.

  1. Either he or his brother have stolen my book. (incorrect)

Either he or his brother has stolen my book.

Rule No 4:

 when two different subjects are joined by “and”, the verb is always plural.

  1. A cat and dog was fighting in the street. (incorrect)

A cat and dog were fighting in the street.

  1. A boy and girl was playing in the garden. (Incorrect)

                A boy and girl were playing in the garden. 

Rule No 5:

When two different nouns combine in one unite or express one idea, they take singular verb.

  1. Bread and butter are hardly available. (incorrect)

‘Bread and butter’ is hardly available.

  1. ‘The horse and the carriage’ are at the door. (incorrect)

‘The horse and the carriage’ is at the door.

Rule No 6:

 We always use singular verb after “many a” and “more than one”.

  1. Many a students were present in class. (incorrect)

Many a students was present in class.

  1. More than one man were killed. (incorrect)

More than one man was killed.

Rule No 7:

We always use plural verb after “both, many, and several”.

  1. Both of them was absent. (Incorrect)

Both of them were absent.

  1. Only a few people leads a happy life. (Incorrect).

Only a few people lead a happy life.

Rule No 8:

 if a sentence start with “who”, we always use singular verb.

  1. It were the children who helped the stranger. (incorrect)

It was the children who helped the stranger.

  1. It were his friend who helped him in trouble. (Incorrect)

It was his friend who helped him in trouble.

 Rule No 9:

 We always use singular verb after the following words. “Each, every, either, neither, none, no one, some one, any one, any body, no body, nothing”.

  1. Each of these two girls are intelligent. (incorrect)

Each of these two girls is intelligent.

  1. Any one of them are present. (incorrect)

Any one of them is present.

Rule No 10:

We always use singular verb after “minority & majority”. While we use plural verb after “minority of & majority of”:

  1. Majority in college have failed. (Incorrect)

Majority in college has failed.

  1. Majority of these students in college has failed. (incorrect)

Majority of these students in college have failed.

Rule No 11:

Title of articles, books, poems, take singular verb.

  1. Words Worth’s “Daffodils” are beautiful poem. (incorrect)

Words Worth’s “Daffodils” is beautiful poem. 

Rule No 12:

We always use as other the following words “Reward, describe, represent, poetry, define, treat, depict.

  1. I reward him for my brother. (incorrect)

I reward him as my brother.

  1. Jahangir has been described the most just king. (Incorrect)

                Jahangir has been described as the most just king.

Rule No 13:

We do not use as after the following word “consider, think, turn, call, nominate, name, promote.

  1. They consider him as a grateful. (incorrect)

They consider him a grateful.

  1. He was named as a Aslam by his parents. (incorrect)

He was named a Aslam by his parents.

4 thoughts on “BA English Notes: Paper B, The Verb, Rules of Correction:

  1. At last she reached in the garden:
    At last she reach in garden
    Is this right or not…
    Plz tell me the correct one.

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