Fractional expressions such as half of, part of, a percentage of, a majority of are sometimes singular and sometimes plural, depending on the meaning. (The same is true, of course, when all, all, all, all, more, most, and some act as subjects.) Sums and products of mathematical processes are expressed in the singular and require singular verbs. The phrase “more than one” (oddly enough) takes on a singular verb: “More than one student has tried this.” Example: She writes every day. Exception: If you use the singular “they”, use plural forms. Example: The participant expressed satisfaction with his or her work. You currently hold a leadership role within the organization. Indefinite pronouns anyone, everyone, someone, nobody, no one are always singular and therefore require singular verbs. 7. Plural form Subjects with a singular meaning make a singular reference.
(News, measles, mumps, physics, etc.) Since a phrase like “Neither my brothers nor my father will sell the house” sounds strange, it`s probably a good idea to bring the plural subject closer to the verb whenever possible. Key: Subject = yellow, bold; verb = green, underlined The names of sports teams that do not end in “s” will adopt a plural verb: The Miami Heat has watched, the Connecticut Sun hopes that new talent. For help with this issue, see plurals. On the other hand, there is an indefinite pronoun, none that can be in the singular or plural; It often doesn`t matter if you use a singular or a plural, unless something else in the sentence determines its number. (Writers usually don`t think of any, so as not to mean just any one, and choose a plural verb, as in “None of the engines work,” but if something else makes us think of none as not one, we want a singular verb, as in “None of the food is fresh.”) In informal writing, neither and both sometimes take a plural when these pronouns are followed by a prepositional alphrase that begins with von. This is especially true for questioning constructions: “Have you both read the order?” “Do you both take this seriously?” Burchfield calls this “a conflict between a fictitious agreement and an actual agreement.” * Don`t be confused by the word “students”; the subject is everyone and everyone is always singular Everyone is responsible. Sometimes nouns take strange forms and can lead us to think that they are plural if they are really singular and vice versa. See the section on plural forms of names and the section on collective names for additional help. Words such as glasses, pants, pliers and scissors are considered plural (and require a verben plural), unless they are preceded by the pair sentence of (in this case, the pair of words becomes the subject). Some indefinite pronouns are particularly annoying Everyone and everyone (also listed above) certainly feels like more than one person and therefore students are sometimes tempted to use a plural agreement with them. However, they are still singular. Each is often followed by a prepositional cardboard that ends with a plural word (each of the cars), confusing the choice of verb.