Common errors with pronouns - part III

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The pronouns another, anything, each, everyone, everybody, anyone, someone, somebody, no one, either and neither are singular. Singular nouns and pronouns should be followed by singular verbs.

Incorrect: Everyone of my friends have been invited.
Correct: Everyone of my friends has been invited.

Incorrect: Someone have let the cat in.
Correct: Someone has let the cat in.

Incorrect: Neither of the girls seem to be correct.
Correct: Neither of the girls seems to be correct.

Incorrect: Each of the boys were given a medal.
Correct: Each of the boys was given a medal.

Incorrect: If any of your friends are interested, let me know.
Correct: If any of your friends is interested, let me know.


When any of, either of, neither of, each of etc., are followed by a plural subject, the verb can be plural in a less careful style. However, students are advised to use singular verbs after these expressions.

Sections in this article

Kinds of pronouns
Personal pronouns
Possessive pronouns
Reflexive pronouns
Demonstrative pronouns
Relative pronouns
Correct usage of personal pronouns Pronouns common mistakes
Common mistakes with pronouns - Part 2 Common mistakes with pronouns - Part 3