- What is subject-verb agreement?
In a sentence, a verb must agree with a subject in person (first, second, or third) and in number (singular or plural). For the verb work, the verb form changes depending on the subject: we say "I work" or "he works". We call this subject-verb agreement.
If you were to replace the word "criteria" with a pronoun, the pronoun would be "they", not "it". Would you write, "They is"? No, it would be "They are". So, in the above sentence, the subject would have to be "criterion" to match the verb form "is".
In this case, "criterion" would be replaced by an "it". Then try asking yourself, what verb form would I use with "it" as the subject? Would I say "It is" or "It are"? We usually know right away using the pronoun.
Nouns like family, government, group, audience, staff, faculty, team, and company are usually considered to be singular words. A government may be made up of people, but together these people form one unit or entity: the government. Therefore, government is a singular word, and the pronoun you would use to replace it is "it" not "they".
Writers occasionally lose track of the subjects of their sentences, making subject-verb agreement difficult. Words may intervene between the subject and the verb, distracting the writer, who reacts by making the verb agree with an adjacent noun that is not the subject.
- anybody, anyone, anything
- each, each one
- everybody, everyone, everything
- either, neither
- nobody, no one, nothing
- one, another, other
- somebody, someone, something
The subject in this sentence is not "organizations", the word right before the verb. The subject is "neither", the singular indefinite pronoun. Think of it as a "it" not a "they". You would write, "It delivers" not "It deliver".