Category: Grammar

Auxiliary Verbs Exercise





Fill in the blank with the correct auxiliary verb from the choices presented:

  1. What ________________ the kids doing when you last saw them? (was, were, are, did, been)
  2. Carla ________________ always wanted to try skydiving. (was, doesn’t, has, is, have)
  3. Where __________________ you go on your summer vacation? (were, been, are, did, does)
  4. Why do you think she __________ call you like she said she would? (didn’t, is, hasn’t, has been, have)
  5. Mary _____________ going to be upset when she hears what happened. (will, don’t, is, didn’t, has)
  6. Jeremy _____________ want to go to the movies; he wants to stay home instead. (doesn’t, isn’t, wasn’t, hasn’t, was not)
  7. I _________________ appreciate his jokes. They weren’t funny. (did, have, been, didn’t, haven’t)
  8. I really like fish but I _______________ care for meat. (weren’t, been, don’t, is, was)
  9. Where _____________ you going when I saw you last night? (were, was, is, do, did)
  10. Tara ________________ called yet; she’s late as usual. (are, were, has, hasn’t, wouldn’t)

Transitive and Intransitive Verbs Exercise

Exercises – Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

Decide whether the following verbs are transitive, intransitive or both:

  1. The workmen have been painting for hours.
  2. When they call from the charity, Mrs. Alpert always gives generously.
  3. Before you send the proposal, make sure you edit it carefully.
  4. That perfume smells nice.
  5. My new car cost me a small fortune.
  6. Jim owed his landlord $450.
  7. Pete emigrated from Australia in 1998.
  8. The customer was tired of waiting, so he got up and left.
  9. Are you sure you want to paint the ceiling too?
  10. Please take the documents over to Mrs. Samuels’ office.

Subject Verb Agreement Activities

Subject-Verb Agreement Practice Exercises
1. Everyone (has/have) done his or her homework.
2. Each of the students (is/are) responsible for doing his or her work.
3. Either my father or my brothers (is/are) going to sell the car.
4. Neither my sisters nor my mother (is/are) going to sell the house.
5. The samples on the tray in the lab (need/needs) testing.
6. Mary and John usually (plays/play) together.
7. Both of the dogs (has/have) collars.
8. Neither the dogs nor the cat (is/are) very hungry.
9. Either the girls or the boy (walk/walks) in the evening.
10. Either the boy or the girls (walk/walks) in the evening.
11. At the end of the fall (comes/come) the hard tests.
12. The slaughter of animals for their fur (has/have) caused controversy.
13. The student, as well as his teacher, (was/were) going on the field trip.
14. The hard tests (comes/come) at the end of the fall.
15. Both of my roommates (has/have) decided to live in the dorms.

16. The cost of repairs for the car (was/were) very high.

17. Mathematics (1s/are) a difficult subject for me.

18. Ninety dollars for a pair of shoes (is/are) ridiculous.

19. The nature of the problems (is/are) not known.

20. Measles (is/are) contagious.


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Indefinite Pronouns-Subject Verb Agreement


Part I
Directions: Each sentence below contains an indefinite pronoun subject. Circle the correct verb
from the parentheses to agree with the subject.

1. Among the animals, turtles cling to their basic structural design, while many others (is, are)
experimenting their way to extinction.
2. Turtles are unique; each (has, have) eight cervical vertebrae, compared with seven of most
3. Turtles are honored in many countries; in China, for example, everyone (worships, worship) the
legendary turtle named Dwei who created the universe.
4. Turtles have specific characteristics; all (displays, display) two plated decks: the upper, called
the carapace, and the lower, known as the plastron.
5. Of the female turtles, some (has, have) been found to be twice the size of the males.

Part II
Directions: This group of sentences contains a mixture of correct and incorrect subject-verb
combinations. Read each sentence carefully. If the subject and verb agree, write “correct” in
the space provided below. If the subject and verb do not agree, correct the sentence. Write
the corrections in the space below.

6. Among the fascinating facts about turtles, another are their patterns of dots, splashes, and
7. Aquatic turtles are different from land turtles: most is unable to close their shells.
8. Everyone knows Ogden Nash’s celebrated poem about turtles.
9. No one is going to bother snappers, eaters of anything from snakes and wooden canoe chunks
to baby alligators.
10. However, of the early tribes, several uses turtles for food.


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Indefinite Pronouns

Singular indefinite pronouns:
no one

Plural indefinite pronouns:

Indefinite pronouns that are singular when they refer to
singular words and plural when they refer to plural words:

Compound Subjects- Subject Verb Agreement

Insert isam, or arehas or havewas or weredo or does.

1.   The black and red car ______ mine.

2.   The black and the red car ______ his.

3.   John and James ______ not go to the same school.

4.   Neither Jane nor Barry ______ to blame for the mistake.

5.   The dog and the cat ______ long been enemies.

6.   The short and old ruler ______ not yours.

7.   Youth and experience ______ not exist together.

8.  Neither those dogs nor that cat ______ yours.

9.   One or two boys ______ here that day.

10.   Neither he nor they ______ much work.

11.   No boy or girl ______ allowed to enter the room