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
Chose the correct verb form in each sentence.
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Anybody in the back seats (has, have) access to the exit.
Anyone who can read books (like, likes) mysteries.
Each of the flowers (is / are) beautiful.
Either of the twins (make / makes) good pizza.
Everybody in most schools (do / does) math with a calculator.
Everybody in blue shorts (carry / carries) a whistle.
Nobody on either of the teams (want / wants) to go first.
Someone from the authorities (want / wants) to speak with you.
Somebody in the first two rows (have / has) allergies.
Everything on those shelves (go / goes) in the trash.
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