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Writing: Subject-verb agreement — Harder example

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borderland Food Bank an organization in Nogales Arizona rescue millions of pounds of slightly imperfect imported food every year and then they underlined the verb rescue and we see all of the choices here are have rescued are rescuing rescues so there all different forms of the verb rescue so let's just think about it let's first say well well what is doing the rescuing so we see the thing that's doing the rescuing is Borderlands Food Bank borderlands Food Bank which is an organization in Nogales Arizona now is Borderlands food bank one thing or many things is it singular or is it plural well we're only talking about one organization we're only talking about one food bank and so this right over here is singular this is singular so not Borderlands food banks now if you're not careful when you see this s year your brain might say oh I'm dealing with something plural but it's Borderlands food bank not Borderlands food banks so we have a singular subject here and now what about the verb is this the verb that we would use for a singular subject would you say would you say let's say he would you say he rescue he rescue or would you say he rescues he let me and maybe we make those he rescues he rescues food he rescue food or would you write he rescues food rescues food well if you have a singular subject the singular form of the verb rescue is rescues so since we have a singular subject here we want to say borderlands food bank and organization in Nogales Arizona rescues millions of pounds of slightly important perfect imported food every year rescue this right over here that is the plural form of the verb so you would say they rescue they rescue food if you have a plural subject if you have a plural subject then you would go with the rescue so this is the plural form but you have a singular subject so you don't want that you want the singular form of the verb singular form the verb you want rescues so you want a rescues right over here so we already saw why we didn't want why we definitely wanted to change it because it was the plural form and actually all of these are also plural forms but just in different tenses if you say have have rescued have you don't say he have done something you would say he has done something you'd say they have done something so this this is still a plural form and once again you wouldn't say you wouldn't say he are rescuing you would say they are rescuing so this also is a plural form so the first three choices are all of the plural form even though there are different tenses but portal form even though that the subject is singular this right over here has the appropriate verb for a singular subject