How to fix sentence


In the sentence, "Everyone stared above them, hoping upon hope," it sounds as though "them" is not the right word to use. Would it be better to use something like "Each person stared above themselves..."?

See example:

Everyone stared above them, hoping upon hope.
asked Jun 14 '13 at 16:58 Jon Uhler New member

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I'll second Shawn's excellent solution.


The reason your sentence "feels" wrong is "everyone" is singular while "them" is plural. Shawn's solution removes the contradiction and uses the verb properly.

link comment answered Jun 14 '13 at 22:46 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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