Should "no one" be followed by the singular or plural form of "like"? I know that "no one" is generally followed by singular verbs, but would being preceded by a plural noun make this an exception?

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The finite verb form depends on the subject and the numerus of an object is irrelevant.

  • He likes the book Hunger Games - He likes the books by Suzanne Collins.

Even if the object is in front position it has no influence on the finite verb form.


"No one" is followed by singular verbs. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indefinite_pronoun#Table_of_indefinite_pronouns

  • Would being preceded by a plural noun make this an exception? – paulathekoala Feb 2 '16 at 6:33
  • Not at all, no, they're part of two different phrases. You can invert it to make more sense out of it: "No one likes the fruit" vs "No one like the fruit" – Tyress Feb 2 '16 at 6:40

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