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    Default Someone, everyone...

    How should we deal with words like
    someone, everyone, anyone... Are they treated like a third person singular; I mean adding -s?

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    Default Re: Someone, everyone...

    Yes:
    Someone has taken mybook.
    Everone was there
    etc.

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    We use singular verb form after them as explained by tdol:
    Someone has taken mybook. / Everone was there
    But if we refer to these pronouns later we use plural forms
    e.g. Someone has taken my book and forgot theirs.
    Someone has taken my book, haven't they?

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    Default Re: Someone, everyone...

    Some still use the third person singular, though it sounds more and more old-fashioned to me.

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