If the fraction or percentage is in front of a collective name, follow the rules you learned in the collective names lesson in this module. Remember that collective nouns may accept singular or plural verbage, depending on whether the noun is acting as an entire group or whether the members of the group are acting as individuals. In informal writings, none, and both sometimes take on a plural veneer, when these pronouns are followed by a prepositional sentence that begins with. This is especially true for constructions that ask questions: “Did you read the two clowns on the order?” “Do you both take this seriously?” Burchfield calls this “a conflict between fictitious agreement and real agreement.” * Unspecified pronouns anyone, everyone, someone, no one, nobody are always singular and therefore require singular obsedation. However, you can accept a plural report when we talk about each member within the group. Twenty may seem like many rules for a topic, but you`ll quickly discover that one is related to the other. In the end, everything will make sense. (In the following examples, the concordant subject is bold and the verb is in italics.) Sometimes nouns take on strange shapes and can make us think that they are plural when they are really singular and vice versa. See the section on plural forms of names and the section on collective names for additional help. Words like glasses, pants, pliers, and scissors are considered plural (and require plural verbs), unless the pair of sentences is preceded by them (in this case, the pair of words becomes subject).
The expression “more than one” adopts a singular verb. Some indefinite pronouns like all, some are singular or plural, depending on what they relate to. (Is the thing we are referring to accounting or not?) Be careful in choosing a verb that accompanies such pronouns. These topics are also singularly, although they speak of a group of people.