In this video you will learn how to avoid another very common subject-verb agreement error that people make all the time – using the verb of the wrong number in sentences with singular indefinite pronouns.
And what are singular indefinite pronouns?
Here are a few examples. These are words such as Each, Somebody, Anybody, Something, Everybody, or Nothing.
And now let me give you a couple of examples of mistakes people make. “Everybody love good food.”
In this sentence, the verb “love” is plural, and that’s wrong because it refers to the subject “everybody,” which is singular.
Check out this sentence. “Each get to do what they want.” This one actually has two problems – the verb “get” that is plural and the pronoun “ they” which is also plural. And the problem is that the subject “each” is singular.
Here’s a sentence written correctly: “Somebody pays the price.” The subject “somebody,” which is a singular indefinite pronoun, is singular. Meaning it is one, not many. And therefore the verb “pays” must also be singular, which it is.
Let me give you some more examples of correct usage:
“Each gets recognition just for showing up.” The verb “gets” is singular.
“Somebody does the job.” “Does” is again singular. You get the point.
“Anybody is capable of doing this.”
“Something has to happen.”
“Everybody loves ice cream.”
“Nothing is every absolutely true.”
Watch out for this common error, and you’ll stand out in your writing and speech, because too many people make this mistake.