Sub/verb agreement

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I understand that subjectsand verbs have to agree in number. The problem comes with indefinite pronouns tht can be either sing or plural.

 

Which verbs would be correct in the following:

 

A) Any of the bands (plays, play) for private parties.

 

B) None of us (likes, like) that kind of salad dressing.

 

Personally, I believe the correct answers are "play" and "like"; but then self-doubt has set in.

asked Jan 19 '14 at 15:50 D New member

When I went to school both of these sentences would have used a singular verb, i..e. "plays" and "likes" because "any" and "none" were considered to be singular subjects in this context, even though they seem to sound better with a plural verb; however, grammar and spelling are changing and either a singular or plural verb could be acceptable now for all I know.

Margo McGeorgeJan 19 '14 at 21:03

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Any of the bands plays for private parties.

None of us likes that kind of salad dressing.(Both are acceptable)

link comment edited Jan 19 '14 at 16:38 Sanjay Expert

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