- All soccer players like winning. vs. Every soccer players likes winning.
- All cows eat grass. v.s Every cow eats grass.
- All people are created equal. vs Every person is created equal.
Formula: All + Plural Noun + Plural Verb
e.g. All spiders have eight legs.
Formula: Every + Singular Noun + Singular Verb
e.g. Every spider has eight legs.
- All my friends
- All the girls
- All those books
- All Malaysians enjoy eating.
- All the leaves have turned brown.
The Relative clauses.
- All you need is …
- All I said was, “You are the best”
- All we want is …
Problem words for subject-verb agreement
- With, together with, like, as well as do not add to the number. (Only and adds to the number.)
- The boy, with ten others in the bus, was late for school.
- The member of Parliament, together with eight officials, is touring Shah Alam.
- Salmah, like Alice, is tall for her age.
- Bryan, as well as his brother, has been invited to the party.
- Each, every, everybody, anybody, nobody, one of the singular.
- Each child gets a present on Children’s Day.
- Everyone wants to eat a piece of cake for breakfast.
- Everybody has to finish his / her homework on time.
- Anybody above 21 is eligible for membership to the club.
- Nobody is perfect.
- One of the boys has taken my pencil.
- None can be either singular or plural.
- I wanted to buy a good watch but none was available from that shop.
- None of the goals were saved by the goalkeeper.
- All, half, means, a lot are either singular or plural, depending on the intended meanings.
- All is lost. (all here means everything)
- All are invited for the party. (all here refers to “People”)
- Half a share is better than none. (Half of the single unit)
- Half the papayas are spoilt in storage. (ten out of 20)
Amount, distances and number can be taken as single units if used as subjects.
- Two is enough.
- Fifteen ringgit is what I have to pay.
- Sixteen kilometres is a long way to talk.
- Two watches have been stolen from her locker. (2 units)
- There are 16 kilometres more to cover. (16 units of distance)
- There are 365 days in a year. (365 units).