"Each of the members" plural or singular?

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  • "Each of the members" plural or singular?


Answer #1 | 20/12 2013 02:47
The grammatically right sentence would be “Each of the members is…” The article ‘is’ refers to the subject which is every individual member (singular). Each of indicates one of many. Alternatively you can also say “Each member is”
Answer #2 | 20/12 2013 03:03
EACH ... of the members ... IS single, over 21 years of age .... EACH ... of us .... IS willing to work on Sundays. EACH ... of the children ... IS attending the party. To use ARE, you would need to rephrase it, perhaps: ALL of the members ARE ....
Answer #3 | 20/12 2013 03:20
Its plural although the auxiliary verb would be "is".
Answer #4 | 20/12 2013 04:10
In the phrase "Each of the members", "each" indicates what the verb form should be, that is, "each" simply refers to singular number,so the sentence may be- Each of the members of the club was really pleased to witness the progress made by the club. Likewise- When sentences begin with "one of the members,"one of the students"... , the sentences are to taken as singular-number sentences.
Answer #5 | 20/12 2013 04:46
What’s bothering you is the plural “members” followed by a singular verb, but the subject is “each,” not “members,” and that can only take a verb in the singular. “Each of the members” is the same as “each (individual) member.” Contrary to one post here, however, “none” can take a plural verb and often does: None of the cake is left. None of the women are going to the party. If you mean “none of it,” then use a singular verb. If you mean “none of them,” then you may use a plural.
Answer #6 | 20/12 2013 04:32
if you know that each is singular, then you know the answer. "of (anything)" is not the subject of the sentence. it is a modifier to the subject. the subject is each. it requires a singular verb form. I think the problem is that our brains operate like a faulty grammar-spellcheck program where it mistakenly connects the wrong noun to the verb when the sentence structure gets complicated. We see in our brain that members is followed directly by a verb, and thus the automated response is to pluralize the verb. the automation is at fault. proximity to the verb is not what defines the subject.

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