each of them vs they each

by | Sep 6, 2010 | Grammar & Usage

Here is another trivia.

The indefinite pronoun “each” is singular. It takes a singular verb.

Each creation is different.

Note that “each” comes before a singular noun and takes a singular verb.

If “each” is followed by an “of” phrase, still it takes a singular verb.

Each of the houses has two stories.

However, in constructions like the following one, it takes a plural verb.

They each have bought a house.

Here, “each” follows a plural noun.

That’s it for today. Classes over.

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