Concord (2)

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Concord (2)

Post by SARDORBEK » Fri Apr 27, 2012 11:56 am

According to an American English grammar book, the following rule is given:
Every and each are always followed immediately by singular nouns. However,

1) Every man, woman, and child needs love.
2) Each book and magazine is listed in the card catalog.
In this case, even when there are two (or more) nouns connected by and, the verb is singular.

Dear TEACHER! Is it equally true for both standard British English and American English? Is there (stylistical) difference between formal and informal?

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Re: Concord (2)

Post by Joe » Sun Apr 29, 2012 1:20 pm

To the best of my belief 1 and 2 are correct in both BrE and AmE and cannot be altered on grounds of formality.