Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    carla guaraldi is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Italian
      • Home Country:
      • Italy
      • Current Location:
      • Brazil
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    293
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default witness/witnesses

    Hi,
    everybody was witness to ..
    or
    everybody was witnesses to..
    which one is correct?
    thank you

  2. #2
    BobK's Avatar
    BobK is offline Harmless drudge
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    15,477
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: witness/witnesses

    Quote Originally Posted by carla guaraldi View Post
    Hi,
    everybody was witness to ..
    or
    everybody was witnesses to..
    which one is correct?
    thank you
    With a plural subject you could say 'they were all witnesses' (but even there the singular would be possible, as 'witness to' works as a numberless collocation. But, for your second sentence I'd just say 'everybody saw' anyway

    b

  3. #3
    Pattimmins is offline Newbie
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    1
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: witness/witnesses

    witness is the appropriate word here, as everybody is a collective word, using singular verbs.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •