Discussion in 'English Only' started by Elaine Koh, Feb 27, 2009.
Do/Does either you or John like this?
Which word in bold should I use?
There is of course a conflict in verb agreement here:
Does John like...?
Do you like...?
The usual solution is to agree the closest subject to the verb: "Do either you or John like...". The result sounds more grammatical because the second (non agreeing) subject is overshadowed.
If the sentence was "Do/Does either Barry or John like..." then the verb should be "does" as both subjects are third person singular.
Thanks, Matching Mole, for the quick reply.
Separate names with a comma.