Lesson 48: Agreement with Special Subjects

As a writer or editor, you know how important it is to ensure that your writing is grammatically correct and easy to understand. One important aspect of grammar is subject-verb agreement. In Lesson 48, we will dive into agreement with special subjects.

1. Indefinite Pronouns: Indefinite pronouns are pronouns that don`t refer to a specific person, place, or thing. Examples include anyone, everyone, someone, anybody, and everybody. When used as the subject of a sentence, they are singular and require a singular verb. For example, “Everyone is here” is correct, while “Everyone are here” is incorrect.

2. Collective Nouns: Collective nouns refer to a group of people or things as a singular unit. Examples include team, committee, family, and group. When used as the subject of a sentence, they can be singular or plural, depending on context. If the group is acting as a unit, use a singular verb. For example, “The team is playing well.” If the individuals in the group are acting independently, use a plural verb. For example, “The committee were unable to agree on a course of action.”

3. Titles of Works: When using titles of works as subjects, such as books, movies, or songs, use a singular verb. For example, “The Great Gatsby is a classic American novel.”

4. Words like “Each” and “Every”: Use a singular verb with words like each and every, as they refer to individual items. For example, “Each of the students was given a pencil.”

5. Words like “More Than One”: Use a plural verb with phrases like “more than one,” as they refer to multiple items. For example, “More than one person were involved in the accident.”

In conclusion, it`s important to understand how to correctly use subject-verb agreement with special subjects like indefinite pronouns, collective nouns, titles of works, words like “each” and “every,” and phrases like “more than one.” By applying these rules, you can ensure that your writing is clear, concise, and grammatically correct.