ESL Subject-Verb Agreement Worksheets, Games and Activities

Fun with Verbs Worksheet

ESL Subject-Verb Agreement Worksheet - Matching and Writing Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

Here is a useful subject-verb agreement worksheet to help teach students verb-noun collocations and subject-verb agreement in the present simple. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by matching each verb on their worksheet with three nouns. After they have matched the verbs and nouns together, the students practice subject-verb agreement. They do this by writing a present simple sentence for each verb using a subject pronoun and the three nouns. When the students have finished, check the answers with the class.
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Fun with Verbs Interactive Worksheet

ESL Subject-Verb Agreement Interactive Worksheet - Matching and Writing Exercises - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

Here is an interactive PDF version of the above worksheet for English teachers working online. In the interactive worksheet, students complete online exercises to learn verb-noun collocations and subject-verb agreement in the present simple.
 

Subject-Verb Agreement Draughts

ESL Subject-Verb Agreement Game - Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

Here is a engaging subject-verb agreement game for students to play in class. Divide the students into pairs. Give one student a set of subject counters and the other a set of verb counters. Students then play a game of draughts using subject-verb agreement. A singular or plural subject counter may only take a verb counter or vice versa when there is subject-verb agreement between them. For example, the 'You' counter can take the 'ask' counter but cannot take the 'wants' counter. When there is subject-verb agreement, the student makes a present tense sentence using the two words before taking their opponent's counter. If a student manages to get their counter across the board, the counter becomes a queen. The queen can move around the board freely one square at a time and has subject-verb agreement with all counters. When the students have finished playing, give them a set of game 2 counters and the students play again using new subjects and verbs. As an extension, students can swap counters and play more rounds.
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Subject-Verb Agreement Relay Race

ESL Third-Person Subject-Verb Agreement Activity - Reading, Writing and Listening - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

Here is a free subject-verb agreement activity that offers extensive practice of third-person singular subject-verb agreement in the present simple. Stick two present simple texts (A and B) in different places on a wall outside the classroom. The texts are about two people's daily routine. Divide the students into pairs. One student is the 'reader' and the other is the 'writer'. Give the writers a copy of worksheet A. The writers read out the first gapped sentence to their reader, i.e. 'Her name...' The reader runs to Text A, reads the text to find the missing information to complete the sentence, remembers it, runs back and tells the writer. The writer then completes the sentence using the correct third-person singular subject-verb agreement. When a pair has completed all 12 sentences, check their answers. If the sentences are correct and use the appropriate subject-verb agreement, the students swap roles. Give the new writer a copy of worksheet B and the new reader uses Text B to find the information. The process is then repeated. The first pair of students to finish wins.
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Subject-Verb Agreement Tic-Tac-Toe

ESL Subject-Verb Agreement Game - Writing, Reading and Pronunciation Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

In this fun subject-verb agreement teaching activity, students play games of Tic-Tac-Toe by completing present simple sentences with the correct subject-verb agreement and pronouncing verb forms correctly. Give each pair of students a copy of the worksheet. The first student chooses a square and decides which verb in the box at the top of the worksheet can be used to complete the sentence. The student writes the verb in the space provided, making sure that the subject-verb agreement and spelling are correct. The student then reads the sentence aloud, pronouncing the verb form correctly. If the student does this successfully, they write their name in the square. If not, the other student can steal the square by correcting the verb, spelling or pronunciation. This continues back and forth until one of the students gets three squares in a row. If no one manages to get three squares in a row, the student with the most squares wins. When the students have finished a game, check their answers. If the subject-verb agreement and pronunciation are correct, they move on to the second game. The first pair to complete both games with the correct verb forms and pronunciation is the winner.
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Subject-Verb Agreement Worksheet

ESL Subject-Verb Agreement Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 35 minutes

This printable theme-based worksheet helps students learn and practice subject-verb agreement with the present simple in both written and spoken forms. Give each student a copy of the first worksheet. After reading the introductory text about subject-verb agreement in the present simple, students complete a gap-fill text with the correct form of the verbs in brackets about a girl called Francesca. Next, divide the students into pairs (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. Students then ask and answer questions about Francesca's neighbours with their partner and complete a chart with the missing information. Next, students write present simple sentences about the neighbours using the information in the chart and the correct subject-verb agreement. In the last exercise, students write a sentence to say which neighbour Francesca has the most in common with and why.
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Subject-Verb Agreement Interactive Worksheet

ESL Subject-Verb Agreement Interactive Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Elementary (A1-A2) - 35 minutes

This is an interactive PDF version of the above worksheet for online English teachers. In the interactive worksheet, students complete a variety of online exercises to learn and practice subject-verb agreement with the present simple.
 

Who are you?

ESL Subject-Verb Agreement Activity - Reading, Writing and Drawing - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

Here is a subject-verb agreement worksheet activity to help teach students present tense subject-verb agreement in the first and third-person. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by completing present tense sentences with information about themselves using the correct subject-verb agreement. The students also create two more present tense sentences of their own at the end. Afterwards, the students draw a picture of what they look like. When the students have finished, they write similar sentences about their best friend, but this time they must write present tense sentences using the third-person singular. Students also draw a picture of what their best friend looks like. Afterwards, students read their sentences to the class and show their pictures.
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Subject-Verb Agreement Sentence Game

ESL Subject-Verb Agreement Game - Reading and Matching Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this free subject-verb agreement activity, students play a pelmanism game where they match subjects, verbs and objects together to make sentences. Give each pair of students a set of subject, verb and object cards. The students shuffle each set of cards separately and spread them out face down on the table in three sets. Students then compete to make sentences from the cards. The first student turns over one card from each set, starting with a subject card and ending with an object card. If the three cards match to make a grammatically correct sentence, the student reads the sentence aloud, keeps the three cards and has another turn. If the cards don't match, the student turns them back over, keeping them in the same place. It's then the next student's turn to play. Students have to be especially careful to choose the form of the verb that agrees with the subject as each verb has two cards, one with an 's' and one without an 's'. The game continues until all the cards have been matched. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
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Present Simple Subject-Verb Agreement Practice

ESL Subject-Verb Agreement Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

This useful subject-verb agreement worksheet is ideal for practicing or reviewing present simple subject-verb agreement. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by completing 20 present simple affirmative and negative sentences, and questions in the first, second and third-person with the correct form of the verbs in brackets. When the students have finished, check the answers with the class. After that, students create their own present simple sentences and questions using various subject pronouns and verbs. Then, in pairs, the students read their sentences to each other and check for any mistakes.
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Present Simple Subject-Verb Agreement Interactive Practice

ESL Subject-Verb Agreement Interactive Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

Here is an interactive PDF version of the above worksheet for people who teach English online. In the interactive worksheet, students do online exercises to help them practice or review present simple subject-verb agreement.
 

Subject-Verb Agreement Race

ESL Subject-Verb Agreement Game - Reading, Listening and Matching Activity - Intermediate (A2-B1) - 25 minutes

In this amusing subject-verb agreement teaching activity, students play a card game where they race to complete sentences with the correct subject-verb agreement. Divide the students into groups of three. One student is the 'reader'. Give the reader a set of sentence cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the desk. The other two students are 'players'. Give the players a set of six verb cards each, i.e. is, are, was, were, have, has. The players shuffle their verb cards and spread them out face up in front of them. The reader turns over the top card from the pile and reads the sentence aloud to the players using the word 'blank' for the missing verb. The players listen and then race to grab the correct verb card to complete the sentence with the correct subject-verb agreement. The first player to grab the correct verb card from their set and give it to the reader, saying the verb at the same time wins. The winning student is then given the sentence card and places the verb card back down in front of them. This process continues until there are no more sentence cards left. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins. Afterwards, students repeat the game with a different student reading the sentence cards.
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Subject-Verb Agreement Board Game

ESL Subject-Verb Agreement Board Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this challenging subject-verb agreement board game, students combine subjects and verbs together to make grammatically correct sentences. Give each group of four a copy of the game board, a dice and counters. Players take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a player lands on a square, they read the subject and two verbs on the square. The player then tries to make a sentence using the correct subject-verb agreement. If the player manages to make a suitable sentence that the other players agree on, they stay on the square. If another student in the group thinks a sentence is wrong, they challenge the player. If the subject-verb agreement or sentence is incorrect, the player goes back to their previous square. The first player to reach the finish wins the game.
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