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English For Today (September 15, 2018) by Ganiu Abisoye Bamgbose (GAB)

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English For Today (September 15, 2018) by Ganiu Abisoye Bamgbose (GAB)

More rules on sentence formation

Everybody is fine (not, are). Indefinite pronouns which include: everybody, everyone, someone, anyone attract a singular verb.

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All are fine at home (not, is). When the pronoun “all” refers to people, it takes a plural verb but when it refers to things it attracts a singular verb: All is well (Everything is well).

Fifty percent of the work has been done (not, have). When percentage is used, the noun after it controls the verb and since “work” is singular, the verb has to be singular.

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Ganiu Abisoye Bamgbose
Academic Advisor, Distance Learning Centre, University of Ibadan;
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Doctoral Student of English, University of Ibadan.

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