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I haven't found an answer on any of the boards related to 'each' that seems to answer this specific question:

I have included the following in draft correspondence:

Organization x and organization y are each responsible for nominating one member to the board.

My boss has amended this to:

Organization x and organization y is each responsible for nominating one member to the board.

I understand he has done this because 'each' takes a singular verb; however in this case I think he is wrong, because the subject is 'organization x and organization y'.

Nevertheless, I am thinking of rewording to:

Organization x and organization y are responsible for nominating one member to the board each.

or

Organization x and organization y must each nominate one member to the board.

Of these, I think the last is clearest, the only problem is that it slightly more emphatic than I wish to be.

I would appreciate any views on the best construction.

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    Organization X, Organization Y, and Organization Z are each but Each of Organization X, Organization Y, and Organization Z is. – choster Mar 10 '15 at 2:05
  • Thanks - I am trying to decide whether to stick to my guns or re-formulate the sentence... – Humph01 Mar 10 '15 at 5:09
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As Choster says in a comment:

Organization X, Organization Y, and Organization Z are each but Each of Organization X, Organization Y, and Organization Z is

According to the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary,

When each is used after a plural subject, it has a plural verb: They each have their own email address.

And as you note, the subject of the sentence is in this case the plural noun phrase "Organization x and organization y." So the original sentence is grammatically correct, but the reworded versions are also fine.

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I would see it as "Organization x and organization y are, each of them, responsible for nominating one member to the board."

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Substitute "They" and it becomes obvious that your take is the correct one

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