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    #1

    Cool subject and verb agreement?

    which one is right?

    1. each student and each teacher (was/were ) happy about the results. ??
    2. every student and every teacher (was/were) happy about the results.??
    3. Some of the staff who (is/are) working at the university (is/are) going to take part in the strike.


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    #2

    Re: subject and verb agreement?

    Each traditionally takes a singular verb. Some takes a plural verb.

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    #3

    Re: subject and verb agreement?

    could you be more specific? I am not sure what you are trying to say. you mean
    each student and each teacher should be singular?


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    Smile Re: subject and verb agreement?

    Hi, Bosun,
    1,2 -was
    3 -were
    Could you be more specific, Bosun? River explained it. What else is unclear?
    Cheers


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    #5

    Re: subject and verb agreement?

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Hi, Bosun,
    1,2 -was
    3 -were
    Could you be more specific, Bosun? River explained it. What else is unclear?
    Cheers
    What's still unclear for me (and perhaps for Bosun as well) is that:
    1. "each student and each teacher" -- does the and make the subject plural?
    2. "every student and every teacher" -- same as the first
    3. Some of the staff -- isn't staff uncountable and thus should be singular?

    Thanks.


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    #6

    Re: subject and verb agreement?

    Hi slackiz,
    I think in this case (1,2) they are not viewed as a group, but as separate individuals. As to 3, some of the staff = some of the people = several people, thats why it takes plural.
    Such collective nouns take singular or plural according to the context.

    The family comes from the Phillipines.
    The family are having tea now.
    This team is the best in the 2nd division.
    The team are exhausted.

    Hope it helps.

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    #7

    Re: subject and verb agreement?

    In English, most indefinite pronouns (each, either, another, anyone, neither, anything, everything, something, and somebody) are always singular, no matter how many there are. Other indefinite pronouns (both, many, few, several, and others) are always plural. Still others (some, all, any, more, most, and none) can be used with either a singular or plural verb depending on the noun it refers to.

    Each car is ready.

    Each Toyota, [each] Honda, [each] Ford, and [each] Audi is ready.

    Every car is ready.

    Most cars are ready.

    Some of the people are late.

    Some of the oil is missing.

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