Chapter 10. Tense (Cont'd...)
10.7 Syntax (cont'd...)
Either, neither, each, everyone, many a must be followed by a singular verb.
Either of the applicants was suitable.
Neither of the boys is much intelligent.
Each of the students is very intelligent.
Everyone of the prisoners is charged with theft.
Many a sleepless night I have spent.
Many a man does not know his own good.
None is used as singular or plural as the sense may need.
None of the persons are well known here.
There was none for you to support.
None but fools believed it.
None are so deaf here.
10.8 The sequences of tenses
The sequences of tenses are the principles governing the tenses of the sub-ordinate
clause in accordance with the tense of the verb in the principal clause.
Rule 1: The present or the future tense of the verb in the principle clause may
be followed by any form of the tense of the verb in the subordinate clause. For instance:
Thomas says (will say) that he has done it.
Thomas says (will say) that he had done it.
Thomas says (will say) that he will do it.
Rule 2: But a past tense of the verb in the principal clause may be followed by
present tense of the verb in the sub-ordinate clause if (i) the latter states a general
or universal truth or habitual fact; (ii) if the subordinate clause is introduced by
some comparison i.e by than, as etc. For instance:
The scientist said that the earth moves around the sun.
She loved me more than I love her.
She loved me more than I loved her.
She loved me more than I will love her.
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