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Hey Guys,
I am a bit confused about the constuction of Each.

When each is part of an 'of' construction, what verb form is used?

eg. Each of them ARE.......Is the right should the verb be plural?
Each of us IS........ Should the verb be singular?



I would appreciate your answers.

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"Each" is an indefinite pronoun and is therefore always singular. So give it a singular verb:

Each of Clinton Portis' touchdowns was spectacular.
Each of my friends has a nice car.

The only indefinite pronouns where you have to pay attention to the "of" construction are:
some
any
most
all
none

Hope that helps. If you need more practice, hit up the MGMAT sentence correction guide. They have an excellent chapter on subject verb agreement, complete with examples as well as problems to do in the OG. Good luck!

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ventivish wrote:
Hey Guys,
I am a bit confused about the constuction of Each.

When each is part of an 'of' construction, what verb form is used?

eg. Each of them ARE.......Is the right should the verb be plural?
Each of us IS........ Should the verb be singular?



I would appreciate your answers.

Thank You!!



Each

If a sentence starts with "Each", Verb is always singular...

One more rule

When "Each" follows a plural subject, verb and the subsequent pronouns must be plural


e.g. Three cats, each eat

cats plural, each follows cat and hence plural verb

Additonal know how for "Each"

Each is used for 2 time, or mostly with things related to 2

suitcase in each of his hand ( 2 hands)

each other ( 2 persons)

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Thanks so much for your replies. I am using the SC guide, but I wasnt too sure. Thanks for the clarification.

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