Key: subject = yellow, bold; verb = green, underlined On the other side, there is an indeterminate pronoun, none that can be either singular or plural; It doesn`t matter if you use a singular or a plural plate, unless something else in the sentence determines its number. (Writers usually don`t think of anyone not to mean just any one, and choose a plural verb, as in “No engine works,” but if something else causes us not to consider any as one, we want a singular verb, as in “None of the foods are fresh.”) Undetermined pronouns anyone, everyone, someone, no one, nobody are always singular and therefore require singular verbs. 4. In the case of compound subjects related by or nor, the verb corresponds to the subject that is closer to it. Rule 8. With words that indicate parts – z.B. .