Subject Verb Agreement Actvities

Subject verb agreement is one of the most difficult things for students to master. It is one of the areas that an intermediate student will struggle with on the way to becoming advanced. 

It is difficult in writing and speaking. Here is a subject verb agreement activity for you and your students.

The idea of this game is to practice speed and repetition.

1.  Put the students in pairs

2.  One student randomly says subjects (e.g. I, You, He, She, It, We, They)

3. The other student quickly answers with a pre-determined verb


A: He
B: Does
A: They
B: Do
A: It
B: Does

  • Have students work through about ten and then switch.
  • After both trying the same verb, have them change verbs.
  • Students work through all the most important verbs, especially "DO" and "HAVE."

Students can use other subjects that are more difficult like names, irregular plural nouns, etc. The only problem here is that often they take too much time thinking of creative subjects, which defeats the purpose of the game.

A variation is the teacher says the subjects and the students answer with the verbs. Go around the class saying subjects and students all answer with the same verb. Normally I put about 5 on the board and work through them all. Go as fast as possible and try to beat your own times.

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