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Chapter 29. Language Usage and Style > Subject-Verb Agreement

Subject-Verb Agreement

The basic rule of subject-verb agreement is that a singular subject needs a singular verb. Likewise, plural subjects need plural verbs. For example, "My brother is a psychologist. My brothers are psychologists."

Indefinite pronouns like anyone, everyone, someone, no one, and nobody are singular subjects and, thus, require singular verbs. For example, "Everyone is studying hard."


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