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    "Plan" Singular or Plural Verb

    In this sentence is plan (singular or plural)?

    Which is correct:

    Neither Mary or Jim plan to go camping.

    or

    Neither Mary or Jim plans to go camping.


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    Re: "Plan" Singular or Plural Verb

    Quote Originally Posted by hudsonc View Post
    In this sentence is plan (singular or plural)?

    Which is correct:

    Neither Mary or Jim plan to go camping.

    or

    Neither Mary or Jim plans to go camping.

    Hi, Hudsonc, the second one is correct.
    According to the principle of proximity, the verb agrees with the noun that closes to it. (Not a teacher)

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    Re: "Plan" Singular or Plural Verb

    [CAUTION: I am not a teacher:take the advice and or corrections offered in this post at your own risk.
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    Note that this seems to hold true as the two of them are referred to distinctly and separately, and note this structure:

    Both Mary and Jim [both of them/they] plan to go camping.

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    Re: "Plan" Singular or Plural Verb

    Traditionally the second is correct, but many use the first nowadays too.

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