Sentence Correction: Subject–Verb Agreement Questions: Overview

Jonah counts and trusts Maya.

Incorrect.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect because it contains a split construction error. [[snippet]]

Not exactly.

While this answer choice corrects the original Split Construction mistake, it is grammatically incorrect. The singular subject John does not agree with the plural verb trust.

Did you notice the word trusts was changed into trust?

Not quite.

While this answer choice corrects the original Split Construction mistake, it is stylistically flawed, specifically, wordy. There is another answer choice which corrects the original mistake and is more concise than this one.

Great!

[[snippet]]

This answer choice corrects the original mistake by adding the preposition on after the verb counts.

Not exactly.

While this answer choice corrects the original Split Construction mistake, it is grammatically incorrect. The singular subject John does not agree with the plural verb count.

Just take it that one step further then. Notice the change and then always ask yourself how the change affects the sentence according to the same rules you already know to test against. In this case you should already know that such a change in the verb has to be checked against the subject.

Jonah counts and trusts Maya

Jonah counts on and trust Maya

Jonah counts on Maya and trusts her

Jonah counts on and trusts Maya

Jonah count on and trusts Maya

Yes

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