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I came across these two sentences :

Each and every one of the participants is expected to contribute generously to the cause.

Yet Each and everyone of the weird and wanky items have one thing in common they are all aboslutely 100% true.

The first sentence uses a singular helping verb while the second one uses a plural helping verb. Isn't the second sentence grammatically wrong ? Each and everyone is followed by singular helping verb, correct ?

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  • Yes, you are correct. Also "everyone" should be "every one" instead, as it is in the first sentence.
    – SteveES
    Jun 8, 2017 at 9:49
  • @SteveES I read the second sentence in Longman dictionary, wondering how they could make such a mistake !
    – user212388
    Jun 8, 2017 at 9:51
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    I would also think that the word wanky was intended to be wonky.
    – BobRodes
    Jun 9, 2017 at 6:02

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Yes, technically the second sentence is incorrect. However, I don't think most English-speaking readers would notice the mistake. In casual or spoken English, people sometimes use incorrect subject/verb agreement if it "sounds" correct. For example, a verb might agree with the nearest noun instead of the subject of the sentence.

Unfortunately, "correcting" the error would make it worse:

Yet each and every one of the weird and wonky items has one thing in common...

This sounds awkward for two reasons. First, "having one thing in common" makes more sense when referring to a group of items together, not each individual item. Second, "items has" sounds like incorrect English, even though it's correct in the context of the larger sentence.

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