Subject Verb Agreement With Indefinite Pronouns

Everyone needs their pencil. (Undetermined singular pronoun + possessive scathing pronouns) In these constructions (called expansionist constructions), the subject follows the verb, but always determines the number of the verb. Subjects and verbs must correspond in number (singular or plural). So, if a subject is singular, its verb must also be singular; If a subject is plural, its verb must also be plural. 4. In the case of compound subjects related by or nor, the verb corresponds to the subject that is closer to it. Not every student has their homework. Although the student`s noun is plural, the indefinite pronoun is of each singular, so you cannot use the possessive plural. Use the singular possessive, gender-neutral of his or her own. Note: In this example, the subject of the sentence is the pair; That is why the verb must correspond to this. (Because scissors are the subject of the preposition, scissors do not affect the number of verbs.) Undetermined pronouns anyone, everyone, someone, no one, nobody are always singular and therefore require singular verbs.

Don`t be confused by the word „student“; the subject is each and everyone is always singular Everyone is responsible. Sometimes modifiers will find themselves between a subject and its verb, but these modifiers should not confuse the match between the subject and its verb. A plural lock is used with both few and multiple pronouns, which are always plural: for pronouns that can be either singular or plural, you should carefully look at the prepositional sentence of the + noun to determine whether the meaning is singular or plural. See if you can choose the verb that corresponds to the indeterminate pronouns in the following sentences. Should the verb that follows an indeterminate pronoun be singular or plural? That`s what counts! Some indeterminate pronouns are always singular and therefore accept a singular everb, while others are always plural and therefore accept a plural veneer. Some may, however, be either singular or plural depending on the context. It`s confusing! Some of these pronouns are always singular or always plural. But some may change their number – they can be either singular or plural depending on the context.

Sometimes nouns take on strange shapes and can make us think that they are plural when they are really singular and vice versa. See the section on plural forms of names and the section on collective names for additional help.