Subject/Verb Agreement (2) Name ______________________________________ Date __________________ Period _____ Singular Subjects The following pronouns are ___________________ and take ___________________ verbs: each either neither one anyone everyone no one someone anybody everybody nobody somebody Examples: a. Neither [of the two candidates] (was / were) present. b. Each [of these shirts] (cost / costs) twelve dollars. Exercise A ~ Circle the form of the verb in parentheses that agrees with the subject. 1. Either of the disc jockeys ( have / has ) brought the records. 2. Neither of my sisters ( enjoys / enjoy ) gardening. 3. Neither of my brothers ( have / has ) a car. 4. One of my cousins ( watch / watches ) videos every day. 5. Each of the marchers ( was / were ) carrying a sign. 6. No one ( believes / believe ) that his plants will actually produce vegetables. 7. In the corner ( stands / stand ) one of the disgruntled suspects. 8. Everybody in Mr. Cooper’s and Mrs. Oliver’s classes ( files / file ) down to the lab. 9. Everyone in the family ( hope / hopes ) he will go on to college. 10. Every one of the tantalizing cakes ( is / are ) gone. 11. Nobody ( knows / know ) why the neighbors moved out so quickly. 12. Each of the girls (sing / sings ) well. 13. Each of us ( pull / pulls ) obtrusive weeds in the garden every day. 14. Each one of Dickens’ novels ( was / were ) read eagerly in the United States. 15. One of the advantages of learning a foreign language ( is / are ) the ability to read the literature of that language. 16. Everybody ( is / are ) quite likely to have some trouble with accents, too. 17. Either of my grandparents ( drive / drives ) the car. 18. Anyone in a field of knowledge ( are / is ) expected to keep informed in that field. 19. Neither of the plays ( was / were ) very interesting. 20. Someone in the next room ( has / have ) broken the mirror in the hall. Plural Subjects The following pronouns are __________________ and take ___________________ verbs: both few several many Examples: a. Both [of the maples] [in our front yard] (turn / turns) red in the fall. b. Many [of the group] (prefer / prefers) reading to partying. Exercise B ~ Circle the form of the verb in parentheses that agrees with the subject. 1. Several of the novels by this author ( is / are ) interesting to young people. 2. Many ( find / finds ) Spanish a useful language to know. 3. Many of my classmates ( like / likes ) to read Greek myths. 4. Several ( prefer / prefers ) the legends of Hercules, the great hero. 5. A few of the students ( stages / stage ) a myth every year. 6. Both of the strongest boys in the class ( wants / want ) to be Hercules. 7. Several, however, ( seems / seem ) to prefer the myths involving the gods and goddesses. 8. Both of the girls with long hair ( want / wants ) to cut it. 9. Many of the boys ( are / is ) hoping to play football this year. 10. Few in our class ( like / likes ) the idea of impersonating Hades, the god of the underworld. 11. Many ( think / thinks ) that living on Mount Olympus would be high adventure. 12. In the storage closet ( is / are ) the decorations for the holiday. 13. Several with extra time ( have / has ) offered to create sets. 14. Both of my pen pals ( write / writes ) to me regularly. 15. Many in our group ( is / are ) entering the lucrative contest. Singular or Plural Subjects The following pronouns may be either ___________________ or ___________________: all any most none some Note: This is an exception to the first rule you learned about prepositional phrases because the number of the pronoun must be determined by the prepositional phrase following it. Examples: a. Most of the day (is / are) over. b. Most of the children (was / were) crying. Exercise C ~ Circle the form of the verb in parentheses that agrees with the subject. 1. Some of the restaurants ( offers / offer ) special menus for children. 2. All of her coworkers ( has / have ) had the same work schedule. 3. ( Is / Are ) any of the pie left on the plate? 4. Most of the applicants on the list ( qualify / qualifies ) for the job. 5. None of the flights seem to ( arrive / arrives ) on time. 6. All of the band members ( want / wants ) to record a hit song. 7. ( Is / Are ) any of the bread stale? 8. Most of the computerized systems ( is / are ) fun to use. 9. Most of that song ( is / are ) repetitious. 10. Some of the athletes ( like / likes ) to compete against other schools. 11. All of the airlines ( offer / offers ) a hot dinner on their evening flights. 12. All of the jurors ( agree / agrees ) that the defendant is innocent. 13. Some of the theatre students ( work / works ) backstage. 14. Most of the problem ( stems / stem ) from a lack of resources on the land. 15. Some of the money ( were / was ) used to erect a hospital for children. ______________________________ MIXED PRACTICE ______________________________ 1. Everyone in my neighborhood (plan / plans) to join the block association. 2. Both of the coaches (work / works) with us every afternoon after school. 3. Neither of those roads (lead / leads) to our favorite campsite. 4. No one at the meeting (know / knows) what time the guest speaker will arrive. 5. Some of my baseball cards (is / are ) valuable. 6. Several of the experts (doubt / doubts) the wisdom of taking huge doses of vitamins. 7. None of the blasé dogs (have / has) learned new tricks. 8. Most of the windows in the old house (is / are) broken. 9. Each of the managers (hire / hires) students for summer jobs. 10. Somebody with good handwriting skills (write / writes) on the board.