Agreement in grammar

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The various parts of what you are saying should agree with each other, in a grammatical sense. You may be aware that in foreign languages words should agree with each other in up to three areas, at least in European languages: number, gender and case. In English, we have very little use of case, and our nouns by and large are not marked for gender. Problems of agreement are therefore quite limited.

The idea that different words used in the same sentence, or other grammatical construction, should agree - or 'be in agreement with' each other - is a fundamental concept in grammar. This is also called concord. Some measure of agreement is necessary, but different words should agree in different ways. In English, the following are common areas where errors of agreement occur:

See also agreement for other meanings of the word.