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Ketardously
Posted: Monday, August 10, 2009 2:29:22 PM
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Just a short but oh-so tricky one, for a non native speaker:

Each and every one of us are/is...

Each one of us are/is...


Does "each one of us" count as singular or plural?
grammargeek
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I would say "is" is the correct choice here.
Ketardously
Posted: Monday, August 10, 2009 2:37:11 PM
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grammargeek wrote:
I would say "is" is the correct choice here.


Yes, that's what I thought as well, but I just read the "are" and started to wonder. Written by a Swede, but anyway. And I need to write it correctly myself tonight, so I'd really like to know how to think about this one.
Why is it "is"?
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Is is proper
Ketardously
Posted: Monday, August 10, 2009 3:23:29 PM
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grammargeek
Posted: Monday, August 10, 2009 3:28:47 PM
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Ketardously wrote:
grammargeek wrote:
I would say "is" is the correct choice here.


Yes, that's what I thought as well, but I just read the "are" and started to wonder. Written by a Swede, but anyway. And I need to write it correctly myself tonight, so I'd really like to know how to think about this one.
Why is it "is"?


"Each" refers to one thing or one person, so it is considered singular.

I think maybe it is the word "us" in your examples that tends to cloud the issue since it is plural. However, it is part of a prepositional phrase following the actual subject it modifies. Your examples appear below, and I have underlined the subject in each.

Each and every one of us are/is...

Each one of us are/is...

Likewise, you could say this:

Each of us is...

In each of these examples the subject is singular. Let me give you another example.

"Each of the documents is being prepared for distribution."

In this case, even many native English-speakers would make the mistake of using the verb "are" to agree with "documents"; however, the word "documents" is not the subject. It is part of the prepositional phrase "of the documents" modifying the singular subject "each."

I hope I've been able to explain this sufficiently. If not, I'm sure one of the ESL or other English teachers could clarify it for you better than I.
bugdoctor
Posted: Monday, August 10, 2009 4:31:42 PM
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I've always thought 'each and every' was a rough and wordy phrase. Though 'each' and 'every' have different meanings:
Each = every one separately
Every = each, all

when you say 'each and every' the 'every' in the phrase seems (IMO) to include the 'each'.
Yeah, yeah. I know. My response is wordy as well. Eh?
jagxk
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It is "IS" - of us is a prepositional phrase and not the noun. I hope, I remember that correctly
TB
Posted: Monday, August 10, 2009 11:39:32 PM
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Don't know if it works but this is my way of remembering:

Each (one) "is" (not "are") coming

Every (one) "is" (not "are") coming.

usr123638
Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 12:29:08 AM
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grammargeek wrote:
Ketardously wrote:
grammargeek wrote:
I would say "is" is the correct choice here.


Yes, that's what I thought as well, but I just read the "are" and started to wonder. Written by a Swede, but anyway. And I need to write it correctly myself tonight, so I'd really like to know how to think about this one.
Why is it "is"?


"Each" refers to one thing or one person, so it is considered singular.

I think maybe it is the word "us" in your examples that tends to cloud the issue since it is plural. However, it is part of a prepositional phrase following the actual subject it modifies. Your examples appear below, and I have underlined the subject in each.

Each and every one of us are/is...

Each one of us are/is...

Likewise, you could say this:

Each of us is...

In each of these examples the subject is singular. Let me give you another example.

"Each of the documents is being prepared for distribution."

In this case, even many native English-speakers would make the mistake of using the verb "are" to agree with "documents"; however, the word "documents" is not the subject. It is part of the prepositional phrase "of the documents" modifying the singular subject "each."

I hope I've been able to explain this sufficiently. If not, I'm sure one of the ESL or other English teachers could clarify it for you better than I.



Hello Grammarians,
TRUE on each or everyone of us..."is" because each or everyone is singular, hence "is."
but what happens when you add "each" and "everyone" does that add up? or is "each and everyone" is a collective singular as a colloquial?
Thank you.


chandigarh
Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 1:01:44 AM
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Ketardously wrote:
Just a short but oh-so tricky one, for a non native speaker:

Each and every one of us are/is...

Each one of us are/is...


Does "each one of us" count as singular or plural?


Each and every are pronouns and are alwasy singular so they should come with singular verb, i.e. is
Ketardously
Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 2:59:07 PM
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grammargeek - thank you again for your explanations! I think I do understand now!
bugdoctor
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chandigarh wrote:
Ketardously wrote:
Just a short but oh-so tricky one, for a non native speaker:

Each and every one of us are/is...

Each one of us are/is...


Does "each one of us" count as singular or plural?


Each and every are pronouns and are alwasy singular so they should come with singular verb, i.e. is


Each and every one is a pronoun and is always singular so it should come..................
Can top
Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 12:34:25 PM
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I think, not surprisingly, that there's some confusion here. We have to distinguish between what the convention is and what the reality is.

Though phrases like, 'Each and every one of us', 'everyone', 'each of us', 'each one' all take a singular verb, it is only because it's a convention we've reached. There's no need to try and dismiss the notion that it really is about more than one person for notionally, we know that it isn't simply about one person.

Each and every one of us has to bring [______] own sleeping bag.

What goes in the blank?
usr123638
Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 1:51:09 PM
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Can top wrote:
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Each and every one of us has to bring [______] own sleeping bag.

What goes in the blank?


Hello good teacher, one of the explanations stated that "each and every" is a collective pronoun, then it is the same as each or every one, so the answer of course is "his or her."

thank you all very much.
--pr/english student. :-.)
Romany
Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2009 5:34:02 AM
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Bugdoctor - re your post concerning the phrase "each and every one of of us" being rough and ready? It always grates on my ears as a wordy redundancy...."Each one of us" or "Every one of us" is surely sufficient?

As for your last little poser - punction would make a huge difference. If the sentence read:"Each" and "Every", then using plural form would unquestionably be the go, wouldn't it?
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