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I sometimes get confused whenever there are both singular and plural nouns in one sentence such as:

  1. "Which courses is everyone going for this semester?"

  2. "Which courses are everyone going for this semester?"

The first feels like the correct one to me, but I was still hesitating a bit. Is it because "everyone" is the subject, and "to go for" has to agree with that? What is the official grammatical term for "courses" here?

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Yes, the first one is indeed correct.

Everyone is used as singular, as answered in this question.

Now, in these sentences, the words 'is'/'are' would correspond to 'everyone'(You could also understand the logic of the statement by saying 'Everyone is going for -- courses this semester'). Since 'everyone' is singular, the verb will also be singular. Hence first statement is correct.

The word 'courses' here is for the object.

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The easiest way to answer this tricky question is to alter it slightly by giving different examples.

Would we say: Which cars is he selling? or Which cars are he selling?.

And: Which trees is she pruning? and Which trees are she pruning?

The second examples clearly sound wrong. They are not idiomatic.

The same principle applies to your examples.

So the answer is: Which courses is everyone going for?

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  • It's beyond "not idiomatic" - "not idiomatic" means "grammatically correct but traditionally not what people say", but this is in fact even grammatically incorrect, as User07's answer explained. – A. B. May 19 at 6:09

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