Unit 1.2

Verb Agreement with Indefinite Pronouns

Syntax

Subject and verb agreement is the situation that subject and verb accord in number. {see Subject + Verb Agreement, B1 level}

With verb agreement also indefinite pronouns are followed by singular verbs.

The indefinite pronouns are always singular, so they always take singular verbs.
{See Indefinite Pronouns, Level B1}

The indefinite pronouns are: no one, nobody, someone, somebody.

  • No one attends their wedding.
  • Nobody wears boots during summer.
  • Somebody deletes unnecessary files regularly.
  • Someone gets up early every day in that house.

We use different indefinite pronouns. Their meaning is:

  • No one: no person, nobody;
  • Nobody: no person, not anyone;
  • Somebody: some person who is unidentified;
  • Someone: to address a single person which we do not know, or which is not specified.

Indefinite pronouns such as someone, no one, nobody, somebody are singular pronouns and they need to be followed by singular verbs.

Their meaning is:

  • No one: no person, nobody;
  • Nobody: no person, not anyone;
  • Somebody: some person who is unidentified;
  • Someone: to address a single person which we do not know, or which is not specified.

For example:
— “No one forgets what happened that night.” = No one is a singular subject and the verb that follows it gets -s.

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.

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