Subject Verb Agreement In Songs

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2. Curiously, the correct use of the third person S sometimes seems to depend on the verb. In spontaneous communication, students tend to correctly conjugate verbs in phrases like «She likes» and «Sue works,» but rather «She sees,» «It walks» or «Lucy Watches» wrong. Even names that end in S, for some reason, sometimes «dress» the third person S: «Living my parents» is more likely than «they live.» One hypothesis: perhaps some words create a phonetic environment that makes them sound «third-people» than others, which means that students sometimes work lexical/intuitively in choosing the correct form. A very effective way to learn English is to listen to and learn songs. It is also true that one must pay attention to grammar. As you can imagine, artists get what is called the artistic license and can sacrifice, especially for songs, some grammatical rules in the name of composition and rhythm. In the first case, «bleed» is an irregular verb, and the past form is «bleeding,» but justin may not have included that verb in the list he had to learn at school. In the second case, the previous «case» «fell,» while «Fell» simply passed.

Let`s look at some examples of errors in the songs: in this case, the error is made because «lying» is an intransitive verb, that is, it has no object, whereas «lay» is a transitive verb and therefore requires an object. However, it seems that some British and American artists are not very familiar with this verbal classification. To clarify the situation, we look at a few examples: we recommend you remember these songs, but don`t forget the rule! However, there are many examples of songs that deliberately ignore this rule: it seems more sensible to avoid the «singular» and the «plural» if we refer to the verb: therefore, if you have decided to listen to music as a strategy to improve your English, we recommend that you read the texts well, because you could learn a false English. While people are generally lenient with artists, they are generally not as forgiving in everyday conversations. Below are the seven most embarrassing and obvious mistakes that have been made in English songs. From time to time, we all make mistakes with the verb-subject agreement. Especially when we write on the computer, we can put a single verb with a plural theme, but this should not be done with carefully written song lyrics. Let`s look at some examples. I use this for my TOEFL class when we work on the subject/verb convention (the verbs are present and past). I do not teach vocabulary, because I want them to get used to taking the sense of context or realizing that you don`t have to know all the words in the sentence to answer the questions. It is a basic worksheet in which students try to find errors in a text (in this case, song lyrics).

Ideally, they will do so first on their own, then check their answers with a partner, and then listen/observe. Video 1 (8 minutes) is more teaching-oriented, while 2 (5 minutes) video works more like a quiz. Based on your students` profile, select the one to be used. Yes, that`s for sure. Isn`t it funny that even advanced students always get a fake s/v chord? Yes, the subjunctive is a problem for the lo curs of a number of languages.

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