Writing for Business

Jun 19 2009   3:02PM GMT

Writing for Business – Indefinite pronouns

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Which is correct?

Neither of the changes he proposed for eliminating discretionary spending ______ any sense.
a. make
b. makes

ANSWER: b. makes

Explanation: Neither is an indefinite pronoun. Indefinite pronouns reference nonspecific things or people. To figure out whether an indefinite pronoun is singular or plural, you can memorize this list or try rephrasing the sentence. In this sentence, neither means “not one.” That’s the same as “zero” and zero needs singular, not plural, agreement.

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