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Subject Verb Agreement: Indefinite Pronouns

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Jenn Keigher

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Transcript of Subject Verb Agreement: Indefinite Pronouns

Indefinite Pronouns Subject Verb Agreement Rule #10: Singular indefinite pronouns
take singular verbs.
Plural indefinite pronouns
take plural verbs. Indefinite Pronoun:

A pronoun that does not refer
to any person, amount, or
thing in particular. Some indefinite pronouns are
singular: anybody
anyone
anything
each
every
everybody
everyone
everything Please note: Anybody Examples: Anybody, anything, each, either, nobody, all, none, some, etc. always either
neither
nobody
no one
nothing
somebody
someone
something Anybody One body Anything Anything One thing Somebody Somebody One body Someone Someone One Something Something One thing Anyone Anyone One No one No one One Nobody Nobody One body Examples: 1. Either of your plans (is, are) acceptable to me. 2. Every room (has, have) its own bathroom. 3. Everyone in the neighborhood (says, say) the soil is not good enough. 4. No one on the block (believes, believe) his plants will grow. 5. Somebody (has, have) been given that responsibility. Some indefinite pronouns are plural: always both
few
many
others
several Examples: 5. A few of them (reaches, reach) full size. 1. Both of my brothers (likes, like) algebra. 2. Many of us sometimes (forgets, forget) to bring lunch. 4. Others may not (likes, like) this novel, but I do. 3. Several of us (prefers, prefer) blue cheese dressing on the salad. Rule #11: Some indefinite pronouns
take a singular verb if they refer to singular words and a plural verb if they refer to plural words. Some indefinite pronouns
are singular or plural: either all
any
more
most
none
some Examples: 2. All of my classmates (listens, listen) to them. 4. Any of the bands (plays, play) for private parties. 5. Most of their music (is, are) enjoyable. 1. Some of my cousins (is, are) in musical bands. 3. None of our neighbors ever (complains, complain) when the bands practice. Practice: 1. Most of the salad (is, are) greens. 3. All of the tomatoes (is, are) eaten before they spoil. 2. Everybody (is, are) welcome at the skating party. 5. I hope nobody (forgets, forget) to bring skates. 4. None of us (likes, like) that kind of salad dressing.
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