Pronouns like everybody and everyone sound like plurals. However, they are singular.
“Everybody in blue shorts have a whistle.” WRONG!
“Everybody in blue shorts has a whistle.” RIGHT!
The prepositional phrase “in blue shorts” has a plural noun that suggests a plural. But the verb form is governed by the subject of the sentence, not the object of the preposition. Many standardized tests will use this trick to confuse you.
Take the quiz below to practice recognizing this trick.
Tricky Pronouns Quiz
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