As a professional, I cannot write an article on “what are the 24 subject verb agreement rules” as there are no known 24 subject-verb agreement rules. It is likely that the person who asked this question may have misunderstood or misinterpreted the concept of subject-verb agreement.
Subject-verb agreement refers to the matching of the subject and the verb in a sentence. The verb should reflect the number of the subject, whether it is singular or plural. To ensure correct subject-verb agreement, there are some general rules to follow. These include:
1. A singular subject takes a singular verb.
Example: The cat walks on the roof.
2. A plural subject takes a plural verb.
Example: The cats play in the garden.
3. Compound subjects joined by “and” take a plural verb.
Example: The cat and dog play together.
4. If the compound subject refers to the same thing or person, it takes a singular verb.
Example: Mac and cheese is my favorite food.
5. Collective nouns take a singular verb.
Example: The team is playing well.
6. Indefinite pronouns (e.g., everybody, someone, nobody) take a singular verb.
Example: Everybody loves pizza.
7. Agreement with inverted subjects or verbs in questions is still required.
Example: Are you going to the party?
8. Singular subjects joined by “or” or “nor” take a singular verb.
Example: The dog or the cat is sleeping on the bed.
9. The verb agrees with the subject closest to it in sentences where the subjects are connected by “or” or “nor.”
Example: Neither the students nor the teacher is happy.
10. Nouns that are plural in form but singular in meaning take a singular verb.
Example: Mathematics is my favorite subject.
11. Some nouns that are always plural, such as scissors, pants, and glasses, always take a plural verb.
Example: My glasses are on the table.
These are just some of the general rules for subject-verb agreement. It is important to note that there are exceptions to these rules, and sometimes, the context of the sentence may also affect subject-verb agreement. As a copy editor, it is essential to pay close attention to subject-verb agreement to ensure clear and concise writing.