Why is 'Nothing lasts forever' correct instead of 'Nothing last forever'?

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Nothing lasts forever

Use "lasts" with a singular subject.

  • "Nothing" is considered singular. – Jay Apr 12 '12 at 14:55

From the origin of nothing we can see that it's an indefinite pronoun, so the verb needs the -s as it uses the third person.

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