Sentence -"Our pet alligator has been stalking neighborhood pets because my brother Billy forgets to feed the poor reptile."

My questions is two fold. If the answer to my question is wrong, and the subject-verb agreement is correct, then can there be multiple subject-verb agreements in the same sentence?

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First, there are two clauses in the sentence. Each clause has a subject and a verb: alligator -- has been stalking and Billy -- forgets.

Second, which verb do you believe is in plural form?

  • I was thinking forgets but now i'm thinking "forgets" is just past tense, and that is why it has an "s" on the end. Is that correct?
    – Ian Simons
    Commented Jan 20, 2019 at 19:05
  • The word "forgets" is a present-tense form which agrees with a third-person singular subject. The singular "alligator" agrees with the singular "has", and the singular "Billy" agrees with the singular "forgets". Singular present-tense verbs commonly end with -s. Don't confuse that with plural nouns, which also commonly end with -s. Commented Jan 20, 2019 at 19:20
  • Hi Gary. Your great. I just have one more question. Even though both clauses have subject-verb agreements. Does the sentence lack parallelism?
    – Ian Simons
    Commented Jan 20, 2019 at 19:51

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