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Chapter 18. Subject and verb agreement > Singular subject guidelines

Singular subject guidelines

There are some specific rules that will enable you to know that you are dealing with a singular subject:

  • The pronouns “each,” “much,” “either,” “everyone,” “anyone,” “someone,” “no one,” and “nothing” are always paired with a singular verb when used as a subject. For example, “Everyone in the group has been on the ride.”

  • When using “each,” “either,” “neither,” and “every” as an adjective, the noun it modifies is paired with a singular verb. For example, “Each box of chocolates was individually packaged.”

  • A singular verb is used when the personal pronoun “it” is the subject of a sentence. For example, “It was a long day for the President.”

  • Words that are the subject of a sentence and stand for definable units, such as money, measurement, time, organization, and food, are paired with a singular verb. For example, “The South High Drama Club is putting on a show tonight.”

  • When all parts of a compound subject are singular and refer to the same thing, the verb is singular. For example, “My co-worker and my next-door neighbor is Linda.”


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