Each – Singular or Plural?
by Shevonne Lowe
(Gingerland, Nevis, St. Kitts and Nevis)
How is the word, "each" used correctly in sentences?
For example, "Each of the students complete/completes their homework on time"?
There are several rules on this.
First of all, "each" means you are talking about every one of a group, separately.
1) When used before a singular noun, "each" takes a singular verb.
Each worker received a raise.
Each apple is red and shiny.
Each athlete will get his or her score.
(You could also say: Each athlete will get their score.)
2) When used after a plural subject, "each" takes a plural verb.
They each have children.
Bob and Margaret each work late.
The bananas are 40 cents each.
3) "Each of" (or "each one of") takes a singular verb.
Each of the children gets a gift.
Each of the cookies is delicious.
Each one of the cars was blue.
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