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    #1

    grammar tip!!!

    "My class is having a party"
    "Everyone is bringing food or drinks"

    Which grammar rule says that we use the verb "to be" in singular?

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    Re: grammar tip!!!

    ***Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.***

    My class = 3rd person singular.
    Everyone = 3rd person singular.

    That's why you have to use is.

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    Re: grammar tip!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by cherry maltezidou View Post
    "My class is having a party"
    "Everyone is bringing food or drinks"

    Which grammar rule says that we use the verb "to be" in singular?

    ***** A NON-TEACHER'S COMMENT *****


    (1) Nightmare has given us an excellent answer.

    (2) I only wish to add a few points:

    (a) It might be easier for you to remember that "everyone"

    takes a singular verb if you study the word. Actually it is

    "every one." But it is spelled as one word nowadays. Just

    like "every body" is now "everybody." Therefore, the verb should

    agree with "one" or "body."

    (b) You are correct: it isconfusing. We use a singular verb

    (because of "one"), but the IDEA is plural. For example, here

    is a sentence that I read in a book:

    Everybody knows this, don't they? The book says that it

    would be ridiculous to write:

    Everybody knows this, doesn't he or she?

    (Credit for this example goes to Mr. Paul Dean, writing in the [London]

    Times Literary Supplement, cited in Mr. Bryan A. Garner's A Dictionary of

    Modern American Usage, page 268 of the 1998 edition.)

    *****

    (3) The matter of "class" can also be confusing. As Nightmare told

    us, the word is usually singular: The class likes the teacher very much./

    That teacher's class is always very well-behaved.

    (a) "Class" is what the books call a "collective noun." That is,

    sometimes it can be plural. Here is an example:

    The class are starting their research papers. (That is, the students

    are starting their research papers. If there are 30 students, then

    there will be 30 different research papers.) [I do not remember where

    I read this. Sorry that I cannot give proper credit.]


    Respectfully yours,


    James

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    Re: grammar tip!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    My class = 3rd person singular.
    Everyone = 3rd person singular.

    That's why you have to use is.
    =Not a Teacher=

    In British English, it is quite acceptable to consider the collective noun "class" as plural; we think of the members of the class. "Are" is possible.

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