Each teacher and each student discuss/discusses


Senior Member
Malaysia English
Each teacher and each student representative discuss/discusses seriously the problem of bullying in the school.

Which verb should I use?

  • LangLove

    New Member
    English - US - Midwest
    I would use "discuss." The word "discusses" is only used when the subject is the third person singular form (he, she, or it). For example, "Each teacher seriously discusses the problem of bullying in the school with each student representative." If you look up "discuss" on merriam-webster.com, you will see the following examples:

    • She discussed the plan with several colleagues.
    • They held a meeting to discuss the future of the company.
    • We'll discuss where to meet later.
    • Have you discussed the matter with your family?
    • In the first chapter, the author discusses childcare issues.
    • The article discusses the theory in depth.


    Senior Member
    US English
    LangLove, Karen123456's post discussed :) the present tense, of which there are only 2 examples in your list. I'd say that "each xxxx" takes the singular form of the verb, as you say: "Each teacher seriously discusses the problem...". Re Copyright's question, if we add "...and each student representative..." (ie, two people), in my opinion, it'd then be "discuss".


    Senior Member
    American English
    As a group ...
    Teachers and student representatives discuss the problem of bullying in the school.

    We assume they're doing it seriously.
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