nothing (singular) : Common Errors in English

About nothing (singular)

In formal English, “nothing” is always singular, even when it’s followed by a phrase stating an exception which contains a plural noun: “Nothing but weeds grows [not grow] in my yard” and “nothing except desserts appeals [not appeal] to Jennifer.” This pattern is seldom followed in more casual speech and writing, but you can see its logic if you move “nothing” to immediately precede its verb: “Nothing appeals to Jennifer except desserts.”
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