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    All of you are equally guilty. <--why is "are" not "is"?

    All of the lake is out of bounds. <--why is "is" not "are"? and why is "bounds" not "bound"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    All of you are equally guilty. <--why is "are" not "is"?

    All of the lake is out of bounds. <--why is "is" not "are"? and why is "bounds" not "bound"?
    All is one of those strange pronouns that does not indicate number by itself. In other words, it is not, by its nature, always singular or always plural.

    In the first sentence, it refers to more than one individual and has a plural sense.

    In the second, it refers to the "entirety" of a single thing, and has a singular sense.

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    All of the lake is out of bounds. <--why is "bounds" plural?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    All of the lake is out of bounds. <--why is "bounds" plural?
    In this use, "bounds" means "boundaries". This use of "bounds" is always plural.

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    "Unless there are some new evidence." <--correct? Does "some" make "new evidence" plural? What is the subject and verb in this sentence?
    "Unless there is some new evidence." <--incorrect?

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    Evidence is usually uncountable, so 'is' would be correct. Somepeople use it in the plural, but that be 'some evidences are'. However, many speakers don't like this form.

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    "There are no cars down here." <--what does this mean?
    "There is no car down here." <--meaning? There is not even one car down here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    "There are no cars down here." <--what does this mean?
    "There is no car down here." <--meaning? There is not even one car down here?
    I'd use,

    There aren't /are not any cars down here.
    There isn't / is not a car down here.

    'not' is an adverb; when applied to the verb BE (i.e., is, are, am, etc), which means, exist, it serves to negate the verb BE, the existence of the car(s). :wink:

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    Thanks.

    There aren't /are not any cars down here. <--what does this mean?

    There isn't / is not a car down here. <--so this means, not even one car down here?

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    What's the difference in meaing between these two:

    1. Are there any people here?
    2. Is anyone here?
    How would I use these questions? Can you give me an example? Thanks.

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