12. Use a singular verb for each ______ and a lot of _________ The indefinite pronoun many a is always singular, as many people are tired of eating antelopes sautéed on Melba©Toast. (Undetermined singular pronoun + possessive scathing pronouns) Explain that some indeterminate pronouns can be either singular or plural, depending on what they relate to in the sentence. „These pronouns are all, all, more, more, most, none, some and everything. For these indeterminate pronouns, ask yourself if what the pronoun refers to is counted or not. If it is countable, treat the pronoun as a plural. If it`s not countable, treat the pronoun as a singular. For example: „All the players are there.“ As you can count the number of players, the pronoun should be considered plural and requires plural. However, for the phrase „All the sugar is gone,“ you can`t really count all the sugar grains, so you should consider the singular pronoun that the singular needs. If you`re not sure, imagine you`re drawing the name. How would you draw the players? How would you draw sugar? Draw or have a student draw sketches of players (which could be as simple as sticks) and a hill, bag, or spoon of sugar for the class. List these indeterminate pronouns for the class and pair students to perform the following activity.
Sometimes nouns take on strange shapes and can make us think that they are plural when they are really singular and vice versa. See the section on plural forms of names and the section on collective names for additional help. Words like glasses, pants, pliers, and scissors are considered plural (and require plural verbs), unless the pair of sentences is preceded by them (in this case, the pair of words becomes subject). Pronouns are neither singular nor singular and require singular seditions, although they seem, in some way, to relate to two things. Many students do not have homework. In this sentence, it is necessary to use the plural pronoun of possessiveness, which is a lot (not because of the students` names) because of the plural-indefinite pronoun. „Why is it important to know if a pronoun is singular or plural? How will this help you become more efficient? (If students write a sentence that uses an indeterminate pronoun as a subject, they need to know if it is singular or plural to use the correct verb for conformity.) For pronouns that can be either singular or plural, you should carefully examine the prepositional sentence of the + noun to determine whether the meaning is singular or plural. 4.
In the case of compound subjects related by or nor, the verb corresponds to the subject that is closer to it. In this example, politics is a single theme; Therefore, the sentence has a singular verb. Should the verb that follows an indeterminate pronoun be singular or plural? That`s what counts! Some indeterminate pronouns are always singular and therefore accept a singular everb, while others are always plural and therefore accept a plural veneer. Some may, however, be either singular or plural depending on the context. It`s confusing! Tell students that today, with indeterminate pronouns, they will learn something about subject-verb concordance, which is why it is important to know what the singular pronouns are and what the plural is. . . .