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From the alternative provided in the question below select the one which is...


Question

From the alternative provided in the question below select the one which is most appropriately completes the sentence:
Each of the contestants ________ a chance to win

Options

A) has

B) have

C) get

D) gets

E) take

The correct answer is A.

Explanation:

'Each' and 'Every' do not necessarily refer to one. They refer to per unit of a group or member. They refer to one in many. Here are few rules.
When 'each' or 'every' is used alone as an adjective in qualifying nouns, a singular noun must follow it with a singular verb. E.g., each STUDENT IS expected to be studious. Every STUDENT IS expected to be studious.
But when 'each of', 'each one of', 'every of' or 'every one of' is used, the noun must be in a plural form while the verb remains in a singular form. E.g., each of the STUDENTS IS very studious. Every one of the STUDENTS IS very studious.
Hope that is helpful!

Explanation provided by A. B. Citizen Stunner


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Discussion (5)

  • Mc Fortune

    How ever wherever each of or one appears, the next noun should be plural but the next verb should be singular, e.g.
    Each of the contestants (not contestant) has (not have) a chance to win

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  • A. B. Citizen Stunner

    'Each' and 'Every' do not necessarily refer to one. They refer to per unit of a group or member. They refer to one in many. Here are few rules.
    When 'each' or 'every' is used alone as an adjective in qualifying nouns, a singular noun must follow it with a singular verb. E.g., each STUDENT IS expected to be studious. Every STUDENT IS expected to be studious.
    But when 'each of', 'each one of', 'every of' or 'every one of' is used, the noun must be in a plural form while the verb remains in a singular form. E.g., each of the STUDENTS IS very studious. Every one of the STUDENTS IS very studious.
    Hope that is helpful!

    1. Thanks a lot for taking the time to explain this.

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  • Iyowuna Macdonald

    Had is the past tense of has and have.has is used when the subject is singular.

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  • Whenever 'each, and every' is used to precede a subject, the subject is regarded as one and such requires a singular verb.