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plural and singular phrases

Singular or plural

When it comes to indefinite pronouns, grammarians disagree about whether words such as everyone and somebody are singular or plural when you use a pronoun to refer to them. Several listeners have recently asked about this conundrum.

Is everyone and everybody singular or plural?

Are the words everyone and everybody singular or plural? Can I use a plural pronoun (such as their) to refer to these words? Grammarians actually agree that the words everyone and everybody are singular. Everyone sounds like a lot of people, but in grammar, everyone is a singular noun and takes a singular verb. For example:

plurals,articles and verb agreement

  1. audio A bank has a lot of employees.
  2. audio Banks have a lot of employees.
  3. audio Interest rates often change. (they often)
  4. audio The interest rate often changes. (the/it changes / they change)
    The change (Here 'change' is a noun).
  5. audio Income tax is high.
  6. audio Taxes are high.
  7. We didn't buy any flowers.
  8. All of the flowers were beautiful.
  9. He's lazy, he never does any work.
  10. She's lucky, she has few problems
  11. Some people are very unfriendly.
  12. There is somebody at the door.
  13. Someone is here to see you.
  14. Anyone who wants to enter must tell me their names loudly.
  15. No cars are allowed in the city center.
  16. There were no shops open.
  17. A few restaurants were open
  18. Most were closed.
  19. Both of these restaurants are very good.
  20. All the ticket were sold.
  21. Every seat in the theatre was taken.
  22. Everybody has arrived.
  23. There are two good hotels in the town.
  24. None of the rooms were the same,
  25. each was different.
  26. We tried a lot of hotels.
  27. All of them were full.
  28. There were four books on the table,
  29. each book was a different colour.
  30. HE HAS everybody nobody , somebody, someone, no one, each
  31. THEY HAVE - no of them HAVE , all of them HAVE , some of them,
  32. Everyone loves me. (This is right because everyone is singular and paired with a singular verb, loves.)
  33. Everyone are happy. (This is wrong because it's pairing the singular noun everyone with a plural verb, are.)
  34. Everyone hates subject-verb agreement. (This is right because everyone and hates are both singular.)
  35. no one
  36. nobody
  37. anyone
  38. anybody
  39. someone
  40. somebody.
  41. most
  42. some
  43. any
  44. few
  45. None of the flowers were red.
  46. All of the flowers were beautiful.
  47. she has few problems.
  48. There is somebody at the door.
  49. Anyone is allowed.
  50. No cars are allowed in the city centre
  51. There were no shops open.
  52. A few restaurants were open
  53. Both of these restaurants are very good.
  54. All the tickets were sold.
  55. Every seat in the theatre was taken.
  56. Everybody has arrived.
  57. There are two good hotels in the town.
  58. None of the rooms were the same.
  59. each was different.
  60. We tried a lot of hotels.
  61. All of them were full.
  62. There were four books on the table.
  63. Each book was a different colour.
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