Communication Tip #6
Singular or Plural?
When you use the words “or” or “nor”, you are choosing one or the other–not both. If one of those choices is plural and the others are singular, the word closest to the verb determines if the verb is plural or singular.
- Either the girls, their parents, or the other team stays.
- Neither the dogs nor the cat likes caviar.
- He guesses his father or his sisters are singing.
- The salespersons or the boss helps me. (Our eyes or ears need to adjust to that one!)