EVERYTHING is singular (whether it sounds that way or not)!

Last time I checked, the word EVERYTHING was still taking a singular verb.  The idea is that you are referring to each individual one of something.  When you add items between the subject and verb, it is even more difficult to keep this straight.

Here is a sentence from the front page of yesterday's The Birmingham News:

Shoppers are feeling the squeeze in their grocery budgets these days, particularly at the meat counter, where everything from T-bone steaks to pork chops and hamburger patties are getting pricier.

Whoops! The word EVERYTHING is treated as a singular pronoun.  It does not matter how many steaks, chops, and patties are mentioned after the preposition FROM.  It should still be EVERYTHING IS.

The sentence should read this way:

Shoppers are feeling the squeeze in their grocery budgets these days, particularly at the meat counter, where everything from T-bone steaks to pork chops and hamburger patties is getting pricier.

I have definitely noticed the higher meat prices, and I imagine you have, too.  Time to get creative with other proteins in the kitchen!


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