(Closed) Solve our grammatical disagreement

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: which one is correct
    "...how much each of you means to us" : (73 votes)
    53 %
    "...how much each of you mean to us" : (66 votes)
    47 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    “Each one” is plural, I believe, so it should be “mean” not “means”.

    Post # 4
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Each of you means to us. Plural you could do “all of you mean to us” if you wanted.

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I believe it would be the first- “means” would modify each (understood “one”) which is technically singular. 

    Post # 7
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Each is singular. You can tell by substituting “each person here” for “each of you.” You wouldn’t say how much “each person here mean to us.”

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @CaliHoya:  How is “each one” plural? Each one would be singular…you’d follow it by “is”, for example, which is a singular 3rd person verb.

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I think it’s “means.” Try substituting other verbs to see what sounds right in those cases. Each of you walks, each of you says, each of you smiles, etc. 

    Post # 10
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 1992

    Each is the subject of the sentence, not a collective “you.” Each is singular, therefore it should be “means.” 

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 1993

    See, I think it’s ‘how much each of you means’ – because the word ‘each’ implies singular.

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @Button:  “Mean” would be the plural form of the verb, though. “Means” is the singular form of the verb.

    Edit: removing a not so great example. My above point still stands, though lol

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Means

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee

    As an English major and a lawyer, I can tell you that it’s “means”.  Each is singular. Even though it says “each of you” – it’s still singular b/c it’s talking about each one of you.  I am really sad by the amount of bees who think it’s plural!

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    “Each of you” is the singular subject, so you should be using a singular verb.

    If you were to say “She” as the subject (singular), you would say “She means to us.”

    If you were to say “They” as the subject (plural), you would say “They mean to us.”

    By this logic, it should be “Each of you means to us.”

    Post # 16
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    each is singular so it should have a singular verb.

    how to test:  remove ‘of you’ and try other verbs.

     

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