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robjen
Posted: Sunday, July 1, 2018 11:53:33 PM
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I have made up a sentence below.

(ex) We will buy oranges and each eat or eats two.

I am not sure whether verb form is correct: eat or eats. My friends and I think "eats" because of "each".

Please help us. Thanks a lot.
Pandion haliaetus
Posted: Monday, July 2, 2018 2:06:05 AM

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robjen wrote:
I have made up a sentence below.

(ex) We will buy oranges and each eat or eats two.

I am not sure whether verb form is correct: eat or eats. My friends and I think "eats" because of "each".

Please help us. Thanks a lot.


Hi, robjen,

Something prompts me that, in full, the sentence should stand as: We will buy oranges and will eat each two, will buy and (will) eat being its whole verbal predicate; so the question of 'eat or eats' falls off by itself.

What concerns each, there's a point of view stating that 'when each is appended in apposition to a plural subject, it should stand after the verb, or auxuliary, which should be plural' (another objection to eats).

Thus, if we means two eaters, there will be four oranges eaten, and so on.
Otherwise, it can be re-written as, We will buy oranges, and each of us will eat two.
NKM
Posted: Monday, July 2, 2018 5:21:19 PM

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robjen wrote:
I have made up a sentence below.

(ex) We will buy oranges and each eat or eats two.

I am not sure whether verb form is correct: eat or eats. My friends and I think "eats" because of "each".

Please help us. Thanks a lot.

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Certainly the correct word must be "eat", not "eats".

"We'll buy some oranges, and we'll each eat two of them."

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