More on Subject-Verb Agreement

Choose the correct verb to complete each sentence.

1. Many a story (has been, have been) written about the deeds of unsung heroes.
2. Every son and daughter (needs, need) parental attention.
3. Everyone in the community (has, have) to observe the health protocol as regards the COVID-19 pandemic.
4. Every student, teacher, school official, and parent (faces, face) the challenges of education in the “new normal” setting.
5. Neither of the applicants (qualifies, qualify) for the scholarship grant.
6. “Many a flower (is, are) left to blush unseen.”
7. (Has, Have) everybody heard the latest rumor in town?
8. Either of you (is, are) qualified to be the next boss of the company.
9. Each notebook, pencil, and pen used during the workshop (needs, need) replenishment
10. Everybody (says, say) “yes” to please the boss.

1. has been
2. needs
3. has
4. faces
5. qualifies
6. is
7. has
8. Is
9. needs
10. says

Singular indefinite pronouns—each, everybody, somebody, nobody, anybody, anything, nothing, something, everything, everyone, someone, no one, anyone, one, other, another, either, and neither—always take singular verbs. Use a singular verb for a noun or a series of nouns preceded by EACH or EVERY. (See sentences 4 and 9.) Nouns introduced by “many a” are singular. Thus, they take singular verbs. (See sentences 1 and 6.)