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    Avoiding Sentence Errors: Agreement of Subject and Verb: Indefinite Pronouns

    Tuesday, August 03, 2010

    The indefinite pronouns each, either, neither, one, everybody, another, anybody, anyone, anything, everyone, everything, nobody, somebody, and someone are singular; they require a singular verb.

    Everybody is required to leave early today.

    Note: Do not be confused by words or phrases that come between the indefinite pronoun and the verb.

    Each of the attendants is [not are] required to bring a notepad and pens to the briefing.

    The indefinite pronouns both, few, several, and many are plural; they require a plural verb.

    Many are being called, but few are answering their phones.

    (From Write for Business, page 261, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 73)