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    the proper usage of the verb "share"

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind to correct and in case of necessity to mend your ways the following sentences?

    The thieves shared the loot among themselves.
    Everyone has to share in the cost of the special dinner party.
    I am ready to share in the overhead expenses.
    We have to share in using a common computer.
    We shared our food with them.
    She shares a room with her betrothed.
    Usually they share a table only on Christmas Eve.
    Only we two shared this mysterious secret.
    The coalition partners have to share responsibility for the unpopular economic policy of the socialist governing cabinet.
    He shared the same fate.
    I share your opinion.

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    Last edited by vil; 17-Jan-2009 at 09:39.

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    Re: the proper usage of the verb "share"

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind to correct and in case of necessity to mend your ways the following sentences?

    The thieves shared the loot among themselves.
    Everyone have to share in the cost of the special dinner party.
    I am ready to share in the overhead expences.
    We have to share in using a common computer.
    We shared our food with them.
    She shares a room with her betrothed.
    Usually they share a table only on Christmas Eve.
    Only we two shared this mysterious secret.
    The coalition partners have to share responsibility for the unpopular economic policy of the socialist governing cabinet.
    He shared the same fate.
    I share your opinion.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    There are a couple of small errors in your sentences, but all the "shares" seem entirely correct.

    PS (24 hours later)

    The original post had "everyone have", which is, as we all know, wrong. When I copied it in my response above, I marked the error in red. Then the original post was edited to say "everyone has", probably to correct a simple typo. As you can see if you read this topic from start to finish, I have already been given hell by another participant. Worse, someone else has brought this up in another topic altogether. Since I didn't realize immediately what was going on (that the original post had been edited), I attempted to justify myself at first, and wound up looking even more foolish. Please, no more!
    Last edited by abaka; 17-Jan-2009 at 21:42.


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    Re: the proper usage of the verb "share"

    All your sentences are grammatical, except, expences reads expenses.

    "We have to share in using a common computer."
    Understandable, but stilted a tad.
    Why not simply say:
    We share a computer.

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    Re: the proper usage of the verb "share"

    Everyone have to share in the cost of the special dinner party.
    abaka, you can't really be serious about this 'correction'!! Can you please explain to me the verb 'to have'? Or any English verb for that matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Everyone have to share in the cost of the special dinner party.
    abaka, you can't really be serious about this 'correction'!!
    I'm quite sure abaka wasn't serious about that. Abaka must have had something different in mind correcting that sentence, maybe.

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    Re: the proper usage of the verb "share"

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Everyone have to share in the cost of the special dinner party.
    abaka, you can't really be serious about this 'correction'!! Can you please explain to me the verb 'to have'? Or any English verb for that matter.
    "Everyone has to share" is perfect N. American usage. "Everyone" is considered singular because of the "one". If the British usage is otherwise, of course I agree "everyone have" is valid.

    I quote my high-school style manual. Sheridan Baker, The Complete Stylist and Handbook, 3rd ed. Harper & Row: New York, 1984, p. 507.

    Everyone, everybody. Avoid the common mismatching their:

    Everyone does his [or her but not their] own thing.

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    Re: the proper usage of the verb "share"

    The point is that in his post vil wrote 'has' which is correct, in your post you changed it to 'have'.

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    Re: the proper usage of the verb "share"

    The point is that I copied a version of the original post at 17:XX and it was edited at 18:48.

    I pointed out the original "have" in red, implicitly suggesting the correction to "has", and then wondered why I was so heavily attacked.

    Look at the times, for God's sake, before you bring out the heavy artillery!
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    Everyone is happy.

    With 'everyone' the notional value is plural and still the grammatical agreement wins the day.

    MY family are happy.

    No grammatical agreement, only notional.

    How strange!

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    Re: the proper usage of the verb "share"

    everyone - everybody

    You usually use everyone or everybody to refer to all the people in a particular group. There is no difference in meaning between everyone and everybody.
    The police had ordered everyone out of the office.
    There wasn't enough room for everybody.


    You can also use everyone and everybody to talk about people in general.
    Everyone has the right to freedom of expression.
    Everybody has to die some day.


    In conversation, everyone and everybody are sometimes used to mean 'a lot of people'.
    ...the war that everyone had said could never happen.
    'Do you know him at all?'---'Everybody knows Lonnie.'


    After everyone or everybody you use a singular form of a verb.
    Everyone wants to find out what is going on.
    Everybody is selling the same product.

    --------------------------------------------
    Referring back.
    When you are referring back to everyone or everybody, you usually use 'they', 'them', or 'their'.
    Will everyone please carry on as best they can.
    Everybody had to empty their purses.


    'every one'
    Do not confuse everyone with every one. You use every one to emphasize that something is true about each one of the things or people you are mentioning.
    He read every one of my scripts.
    She turned her attention to her friends. Every one had had a good education.


    by Collins COBUILD English Usage
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