Business Writing Tip #82—Singular or plural verbs with pronouns

When it comes to pronouns (words that replace nouns in sentences) sometimes people don’t know whether to use the singular form of the verb or the plural, particularly with indefinite pronouns.

Singular indefinite pronouns use a singular verb and plural indefinite pronouns need a plural verb…but that sentence may not help you! So here’s a list of indefinite pronouns.

But first a simple rule to make it easier. Indefinite pronouns which end in –one or -body are always singular (anyone, everyone, somebody etc.). So someone goes and they both go …

Singular IndefinitePlural IndefiniteSingular or Plural Depending on Context
AnotherBothAll
AnyoneFewAny
EachManyMore
EveryoneOthersMost
EverybodySeveralNone
EverythingSome
Much
Nobody
Nothing
Other
Someone
Anybody
Anything
Either
Little
Neither
No one
Somebody
Something

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