Problems with Verbs


1. Subject – Verb Agreement

    Third person singular -s

    That man live in California. (wrong)
    That man lives in California. (correct)

2. Wrong tense

Watch for key “time words” and phrases

    Yesterday I go to the dance. (wrong)
    Yesterday I went to the dance. (correct)

3. Passive and non-passive expressions

    Extra “be”

    What was happened last night? (wrong)
    What happened last night? (correct)

    Omitted “be”

    I concerned about my grades. (wrong)
    I am concerned about my grades. (correct)

4. Modal usage

    Insertion of “to”

    I had better to go. (wrong)
    I had better go. (correct)

    Non-base form after modal

    I could played basketball. (wrong)
    I could play basketball. (correct)

5. Wrong word choice

    I have met Johanna for five years. (wrong)
    I have known Johanna for five years. (correct)