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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 VerbsPronoun subjects present a problem for even the most sophisticatedspeakers of English. Some pronouns are always singular; others arealways plural. A handful of pronouns can be either singular or plural.Singular PronounsThese pronouns are always singular.eachanybodyeveryoneoneeitheranyoneno onesomebodyneithereverybodynobodysomeoneThe pronouns in the first column are the ones most likely to be misused.You can avoid a mismatch by mentally adding the word oneafter 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 onewants his own car.Either of the salesclerks knows where the sale merchandise islocated.Either oneknows where the sale merchandise is located.These sentences may sound awkward because so many speakers misusethese pronouns, and you have probably become accustomed to hearingthem used incorrectly. Despite that, the substitution trick (onefor thewords following the pronoun) will help you avoid this mistake.
< PrevI l@ve RuBoardNext >Page 105Watch out for QuestionsWith questions beginning with hasor have,remember that hasis singularwhile haveis plural. Pay special attention to the verb-subject combinationin a question. In fact, the correct verb is easier to identify if you turn thequestion into a statement.Question FormStatement Form(Is, Are) some of the customersnoticing the difference?Some of the customers arenoticing the difference.(Has, Have) either of the shipmentsarrived?Either [one] of the shipmentshasarrived.(Does, Do) each of the terminalshave a printer?Each [one] of the terminals doeshave a printer.Plural PronounsThese pronouns are always plural and require a plural verb.bothmanyfewseveralSingular/Plural PronounsThe following pronouns can be either singular or plural. The words orprepositional phrases following them determine whether they are singular
or plural. If the phrase following the pronoun contain a plural noun orpronoun, the verb must be plural. If the phrase following the pronouncontains a singular noun or pronoun, the verb must be singular. See howthis is done in the sentences following the list of pronouns. The key wordsare highlighted.allnoneanysomemostSingularPluralAllof the work isfinished.Allof the jobs arefinished.Isany of the pizzaleft?Areany of the piecesof pizza left?Mostof the grass hasturnedbrown.Mostof the bladesof grass haveturned brown.