Agreement With Indefinite Pronouns

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Agreement With Indefinite Pronouns

Agreement With Indefinite Pronouns

What verbs the indefinite pronouns use depend on whether the indefinite pronouns are singular or plural. We can divide them into three groups: the singular indefinite pronouns use singular verbs and the plural indefinite pronouns use plural verbs also. The third group consists of some indefinite pronouns which may be singular or plural.

 Definite pronouns that are always singular: another, anybody, anyone, anything, each, either, enough, everybody, everyone, everything, little, much, neither, nobody, no one, nothing, one, other, somebody, someone, something.

Examples
  • Everybody wants to be a winner.

  • A rumor has it that either a pet lion or a pet tiger has just escaped from its owner.

  • Neither the driver nor the passengers were injured in the bus that skidded off the road and overturned.

  • Neither the passengers nor the driver was injured in the bus that skidded off the road and overturned.

  • Nobody is turning up for the show.

  • No one is allowed to fish here.

Indefinite pronouns that are always plural: both, few, many, others, several.

Examples
  • Both the clowns  are fighting.
  • Few are left after they have eaten so many.
  • Many of the donkeys  have contracted the disease.
  • When we wake up, the others have already gone.

Indefinite pronouns that can be singular or plural: all, any, either, more, most, none, some, such 

Examples
  • Firstly All he needs now is a $1,000 loan. (All is used as a singular.)
  • Secondly All were arrested for fighting. (All is a plural here.)
  • Is there any of your homemade jam left?
  • Are any of you going to help find my missing car keys?
  • He spilled his coffee; more was spilled on my shirt.
  • Some people have volunteered for the rescue mission but more are needed.
  • Most of her money is spent on clothes.
  • Most have joined the campaign after listening to his talk.
  • After what happened, none of her friends phones her anymore.
  • They have drunk all the juices, and there are none left for me.
  • Some of the wine we had after lunch was very good.
  • Some of you have not understood what I said.