On the other hand, there is an indeterminate pronoun, none that can be singular or plural; It doesn`t matter if you use a singular or a plural adverb, unless something else in the sentence determines its number. (Writers generally do not consider any to be meaningful and choose a plural verb as in “None of the engines work,” but if something else leads us to consider none as one, we want a singular verb, as in “None of the food is fresh.”) Introduction: When searching for unspecified pronouns, you should be very careful not to confuse them with adjectives. Here`s an example: The names of sports teams that don`t end in “s” take a plural verb: the Miami Heat have searched , The Connecticut Sun hopes that new talent . You`ll find help solving this problem in the plural section. Expressions of rupture like half, part of, a percentage of, the majority of are sometimes singular and sometimes plural, depending on the meaning. (The same is true, of course, when all, all, more, most and some act as subjects.) The totals and products of mathematical processes are expressed in singular and require singular verbs. The phrase “more than one” (weirdly) takes on a singular verb: “More than one student has tried to do so.” In these constructs (called explective constructs), the subject follows the verb, but still determines the number of verbs. Basic principle: singular subjects need singular verbs; Plural subjects need plural verbs. My brother`s a nutritionist. My sisters are mathematicians. The indeterminate pronouns of each, each, no, no, no one, are always singular and therefore require singular verbs.
If your sentence unites a positive subject and a negative subject and is a plural, the other singular, the verb should correspond to the positive subject. Sometimes modifiers come between a subject and its verb, but these modifiers should not confuse the match between the subject and his verb. Introduction: Some indeterminate pronouns can be either singular or plural.