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Tricky Grammar: Is It Singular or Plural?

Part of the English Grammar Workbook For Dummies

Usually, it's pretty clear whether a noun is singular or plural. Some words, however, can be tricky — and figuring out if you should pair a singular or plural verb or pronoun with them is essential. Follow these guidelines for help with singular and plural situations:

  • Each and every create a singular subject, no matter what they precede, and therefore take a singular verb.

  • Pronouns containing -body, -thing, and -one (such as everybody, anything, and someone) are singular. They match up with singular verbs and shouldn't pair with the plural pronoun their (a plural).

  • Companies are singular; they take a singular verb and pronoun (it, not they or their).

  • In sentences that contain neither/nor or either/or, match the verb to the closest subject.

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