Analysis of errors in subject-verb agreement among Malaysian ESL learners

Siti Hamin Stapa, Mohd Mustafa Izahar

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Abstract

This article analyses errors on subject-verb agreement among post-graduate teacher trainees in a college in Malaysia. Twenty postgraduate (English Language Studies) students from a teachers' training college from the northern state of Malaysia participated in the study. The study examined errors in 5 types of subject-verb agreements: person, number, coordinated subject, indefinite expression of amount and also notional agreement and proximity. 2 types of written compositions (argumentative and factual) were analyzed to identify the problems in writing grammatically correct subject-verb agreement by the students. The results of the study reveal that the majority of the students commit errors in subject-verb agreement, especially in SVA of number followed by SVA of person. The students were found to avoid using the complex sub-rules of SVA that include the agreement with coordinated subject, agreement with indefinite expressions of amount and also notional agreement and proximity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-73
Number of pages18
Journal3L: Language, Linguistics, Literature
Volume16
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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Keywords

  • Error analysis
  • Grammar in ESL
  • Second language learners
  • Second language teaching
  • Subject-verb-agreement

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  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Linguistics and Language

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Analysis of errors in subject-verb agreement among Malaysian ESL learners. / Stapa, Siti Hamin; Izahar, Mohd Mustafa.

In: 3L: Language, Linguistics, Literature, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2010, p. 56-73.

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