Posted by **Chris** on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 9:58pm.

1. None of the guests (has, have) left.

2. Each of these apples (is, are) ripe.

3.One of my favorite songwriters (is, are) Billy Joel.

4.Some of my cousins (has, have) come to my party.

5.All of the bread (was, were) eaten.

Tell if the indefinite pronoun is singular or plural then choose correct word.

1.Plural=have

2.singular=are

3.singular=is

4.Plural=have

5.singular=was

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**Ms. Sue**, Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 10:08pm
The first two are wrong.

The last three are correct.

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**Chris**, Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 10:15pm
1.plural=has

2.singular=is

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**Ms. Sue**, Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 10:26pm
1. None is singular. None has . . .

2. is correct now.

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**Chris**, Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 10:33pm
Can you please explain how none is singular in sentence #1? I know that all, any, more, most, none, and some may be either singular or plural, depending on their meaning in a sentence.

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**Ms. Sue**, Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 10:51pm
Although I always taught that "none" is singular, apparently in current usage it can be either singular or plural. I still think it's singular in your sentence because it means no one. However, your text materials may consider it plural. Check these sites for more information.

http://topics.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/24/hobgoblins/

http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/nonerrors.html

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**Chris**, Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 11:08pm
Thanks that makes since to be now. Let me try a few more that can be either just to make sure I understand.

1.All of the actors (knows, know) their lines.

2. Most of the plants (needs, need) water.

3.Now more of the waiters (seems, seem) busy.

1.plural=know

2.plural=need

3.plural=seem

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**Ms. Sue**, Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 11:14pm
I'm glad the status of "none" makes sense to you. This seems to be an example of language rules changing -- and at this time the only "right" answer is the one the editor wants.

Your last answers are correct!

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