It is important to know whether an indefinite pronoun subject is singular or plural so that we can accept the verb. As a phrase like “Neither my brothers nor my father will sell the house” seems strange, it is probably a good idea to bring the plural subject closer to the verb whenever possible. 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. You will find additional help for the agreement between themes in the Pluriurale section. Infinite pronouns that can be singular or plural: all, either, more, most, none, some, so infinite pronouns that can be singular or plural: all, either, plus, most, none, some, some, certain indeterminate pronouns like all, some are singular or plural, depending on what they refer to. (Is the thing referred to referred to or not referred to?) Be careful when selecting a verb to accompany these pronouns. Some indeterminate pronouns may take plural singulars or verbs depending on the context. Compare the following pairs of sentences. The verbs used by indeterminate pronouns depend on whether the unspecified pronouns are singular or plural.
We can divide them into three groups: Undetermined pronouns use singular verbs and indeterminate plural pronouns use plural verbs. The third group consists of a few indeterminate pronouns that can be singular or plural. Remember to use individual personal pronouns if you refer to one of these words, as in the following examples. Not every student has homework. Although the student noun is plural, the indefinite pronoun is unique, so you cannot use the possessive plural. Use the unique, gender-neutral owner. The many indefinite pronouns a is always unique, as in many a person is sick and tired, jump©antilope on melba toast to eat. 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. Also remember that some unspecified pronouns adopt singular verbs, while indefinite plural pronouns adopted plural forms.
Note the difference between the singular that everyone needs and the plural that many need. Click here for more information on the verb agreement. Many students regret their homework. In this sentence it is necessary to use the possessive plural pronounen because of the many indefinite plural prognosis (not because of the substantive students). Everyone needs their pencil. (singular pronoun and infinitive – singular possessivpronoun) 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.” Some indeterminate pronouns, such as the two, few, many, others and several, are considered plural. Look at the following examples. On the other hand, there is an indeterminate pronoun, none that can be singular or plural; It doesn`t matter if you use a singular or a plural adverb, unless something else in the sentence determines its number. (Writers generally do not consider any to be meaningful and choose a plural verb as in “None of the engines work,” but if something else leads us to consider none as one, we want a singular verb, as in “None of the food is fresh.”) Pronouns are neither singular nor singular and require singular verbs, even if they seem, in a certain sense, to refer to two things.