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13. These statistics (is, are) the result of a flawed study. 14. Statistics (was, were) my most difficult math course in high school. 15. Half of the bagel (was, were) eaten. 16. Half of the bagels (was, were) eaten. Agreement Between Pronoun Subjects and Verbs Pronoun subjects present a problem for even the most sophisticated speakers of English. Some pronouns are always singular; others are always plural. A handful of pronouns can be either singular or plural. Singular Pronouns These pronouns are always singular. each anybody everyone one either anyone no one somebody neither everybody nobody someone The pronouns in the first column are the ones most likely to be misused. You can avoid a mismatch by mentally adding the word one after the
pronoun and removing the other words between the pronoun and the verb. Look at the following examples to see how this is done. Each of the men wants his own car. Each one wants his own car. Either of the salesclerks knows where the sale merchandise is located. Either one knows where the sale merchandise is located. These sentences may sound awkward because so many speakers misuse these pronouns, and you have probably become accustomed to hearing them used incorrectly. Despite that, the substitution trick ( one for the words following the pronoun) will help you avoid this mistake.
< Prev I l @ ve RuBoard Next > Page 105 Watch out for Questions With questions beginning with has or have, remember that has is singular while have is plural. Pay special attention to the verb-subject combination in a question. In fact, the correct verb is easier to identify if you turn the question into a statement. Question Form Statement Form (Is, Are) some of the customers noticing the difference? Some of the customers are noticing the difference. (Has, Have) either of the shipments arrived? Either [ one ] of the shipments has arrived. (Does, Do) each of the terminals have a printer? Each [ one ] of the terminals does have a printer. Plural Pronouns These pronouns are always plural and require a plural verb. both many few several Singular/Plural Pronouns The following pronouns can be either singular or plural. The words or prepositional phrases following them determine whether they are singular
or plural. If the phrase following the pronoun contain a plural noun or pronoun, the verb must be plural. If the phrase following the pronoun contains a singular noun or pronoun, the verb must be singular. See how this is done in the sentences following the list of pronouns. The key words are highlighted. all none any some most Singular Plural All of the work is finished. All of the jobs are finished. Is any of the pizza left? Are any of the pieces of pizza left? Most of the grass has turned brown. Most of the blades of grass have turned brown.

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