Making Words Agree in English by Mr.Zaki Badr
|Making Words Agree in English by Mr.Zaki Badr
Which one of the following sentences is correct?
Each of you have been given a pencil.
Each of you has been given a pencil.
The second example is correct. ‘Each’ is a singular pronoun and therefore ‘has’ should be used as it refers to one person or thing.
Some other pronouns which are singular and should always be followed by the singular form of the verbs are: everyone, nobody, anything, something:
Everyone comes to the match.
Mistakes are often made with the pronoun ‘everyone’, which is singular:
their own books. This is incorrect.
Everyone is singular. ‘Their’ and ‘books’ are plural so ‘his’ or ‘her’ and
‘book’ should be used. Following is the correct version. Everyone has his or her own book.
are planning a new divorce Bill.
This is incorrect. ‘Government’ is a singular noun. There is one Government. The correct version is: The Government is planning a new divorce Bill.