The indeterminate pronouns of each, each, no, no, no one, are always singular and therefore require singular verbs. Sometimes names take strange forms and can fool us to think that they are plural if they are truly singular and vice versa. You`ll find more help in the section on plural forms of nouns and in the section on collective nouns. Words such as glasses, pants, pliers and scissors are considered plural (and require plural verbs), unless they are followed by the pair of sentences (in this case, the pair of words becomes subject). In many cases, a preposition sentence occurs between the subject and the verb. See part of the speech for a review of preposition phrasing. Infinite pronouns refer to people, places, objects or things without referring to any person. See part of the speech for a complete description of indeterminate pronouns. In the example above, the plural corresponds to the actors of the subject. In this example, politics is only a theme; Therefore, the sentence has a singular verb. You will find additional help for the agreement between themes in the Pluriurale section. Expressions of rupture like half, part of, a percentage of, the majority of are sometimes singular and sometimes plural, depending on the meaning.
(The same is true, of course, when all, all, more, most and some act as subjects.) The totals and products of mathematical processes are expressed in singular and require singular verbs. The phrase « more than one » (weirdly) takes on a singular verb: « More than one student has tried to do so. » English English follows the same rules of agreement, but there are subtle differences in usage. For example, our neighbors on the other side of the pond consider the words plural society and government instead of singular nouns. Some of these pronouns are always singular or always plural. However, some may change their number – they can be either singular or plural depending on the context. Sentences as with, well, and with are not the same as and. The phrase introduced by or together will change the previous word (in this case mayor), but it does not aggravate the subjects (as the word and would). In informal writing, neither take a plural verb, so these pronouns are followed by a prepositionphrase that begins with. This is especially true for interrogation constructions: « Did two clowns read the mission? » « You`re taking this seriously? » Burchfield calls it « a conflict between the fictitious agreement and the actual agreement. » Remind students of the strategy they learned in lesson 1 for determining unique undefined pronouns: pronouns that end in words body, thing, this or that thing, as either, neither, and each are always singular. As an comprehension check, enter copies of the Indefinite Pronouns list of Lesson 1 (LW-4-1-1_Indefinite Pronouns List and Key.doc).