Follow the Rules No Matter How It Sounds to Your

Many people make subject/verb agreement errors because they mistakenly trust their ear. But your ear may have been trained to hear something as correct when it's not. Be certain that your ear guides you correctly before relying on "how it sounds." Mistakes frequently occur when using specific words that are always, by definition, either singular or plural.

For example, use a singular verb after each, everyone, everybody, nobody, someone, every, one, another, and much. Use a plural verb after few, many, others, and several.

Every supervisor is attending. (singular)

Everybody enjoys orientation. (singular)

Several supervisors are out of the office. (plural)

Many were interviewed, but few were able to answer. (plural)

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