Staying in the water was a bad idea. Swimming in the sea and playing drums are my hobbies. Note: In this example, the subject of the sentence is the pair; That is why the verb must correspond to this. (Because scissors are the subject of the preposition, scissors do not affect the number of verbs.) * The New Fowler`s Modern English Usage edited by R.W. Burchfield. Clarendon Press: Oxford, England. 1996. Use with permission from Oxford University Press. P. 242. On the other hand, there is an indeterminate pronoun, none that can be either singular or plural; It doesn`t matter if you use a singular or a plural plate, unless something else in the sentence determines its number.
(Writers in general don`t think of any to mean just any, and choose a plural verb, as in « No engine works, » but if something else causes us to consider none as meaning, we want a singular verb, as in « None of the foods are fresh. ») . . .