Everyone IS / Everyone ARE

WRITTEN February 20, 2015 Author: Rich Atkins

Indefinite Pronouns

Indefinite pronouns replace nouns without specifying which noun they replace These are words that begin with any-, every-, no-, or some-and end with -body, -one, or -thing.

Indefinite pronouns that end in -body, -one, or –thing, are singular. In your mind, add the word, “single” in the middle of these words to reinforce the pronoun’s need for a singular verb.

 

Indefinite Pronouns

Any

(single)

-body

Every

(single)

-one

No

(single)

-thing

Some

(single)

 

Words like “no one,” “neither,” and “not one” are all singular. After all, the quantities they represent aren’t even one; they are zero.

Examples:

Everybody will have her/his chance.

Someone left his/her widget in the conference room.

No one was there.

Words like “several,” “few,” “both,” and “many” are all plural.

THE ANSWER: Everyone IS.

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