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Jul 31 2008   9:46PM GMT

Quiz: Writing for business 0801

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

network_security.jpg Which is correct?

Neither of the solutions proposed in the kick-off meeting ________ my concerns about network security.
a. address
b. addresses

Answer: b

Explanation: Neither is singular and requires a singular verb, so use addresses.

Neither is an indefinite pronoun. Indefinite pronouns refer to an unknown or undetermined person, place or thing and they can be tricky. Some indefinite pronouns always take a singular verb. Some always take a plural verb.

Another, anyone, anybody, anything, everyone, everybody, everything, nothing, each, either no one, neither, nobody, one, someone, somebody and something are always singular.

Both, few, many and several are always plural.

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