When you use he, she, or it in a sentence, you need to modify the verb for the third person singular, but what happens if we use two or more verbs in the same sentence? Example:

  1. The thief steals and runs.
  2. The thief steals and run.

Which of those is the right sentence? English is not my native language, so I am still learning things.

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    This should be in the ELL part of the site. Anyway, the verbs agree with the subject: steals and runs. Just as in Spanish, Italian etc. The verbs always agree with the subject.
    – Lambie
    Nov 26, 2016 at 18:23

1 Answer 1


The plural / singular verbs need to agree with the plural / singular subjects.

The thief steals and runs.
The thieves steal and run.

The thief steals and (the thief) runs.
The thieves steal and (the thieves) run.


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