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    Default How much is /re 150 gr sugar?

    Hi, Should I always use the singualr verb form, even if the quantity is expressed by a plural noun like 150 gr?
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    Default Re: How much is /re 150 gr sugar?

    Quote Originally Posted by ripley
    Hi, Should I always use the singualr verb form, even if the quantity is expressed by a plural noun like 150 gr?
    Thanks. Rip

    When you talk about money, weight, height, volume, etc., the verb is always in its singular form.
    Also you have used an indefinite quantifier much and that one will be always followed by a singular verb.
    Last edited by Tdol; 08-Apr-2005 at 23:27. Reason: Making bold tag work

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    Default Re: How much is /re 150 gr sugar?

    Hi, i'm a little bit confused since I read in my dictionary an example in which How much was followed by the plural form of the verb to be

    How much are eggs?


    I still can't understand why you have to use how much if you are talking about grammes, which are plural.

    Why can't you say
    1How much are 200 grammes ham? or
    2 How much are 200 grammes oranges? as an alternative to

    2How much do 200 grammes ham cost?
    3 How much do 200 grammes oranges cost?

    Please, help me understand!!!
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    Default Re: How much is /re 150 gr sugar?

    Are you buying grammes or ham? You're buying ham.

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    Default Re: How much is /re 150 gr sugar?

    Quote Originally Posted by ripley
    Hi, i'm a little bit confused since I read in my dictionary an example in which How much was followed by the plural form of the verb to be

    How much are eggs?
    Try reversing the sentence. It's copular, right?

    EX: Eggs (subject) are (verb) how much? (Subject: count and plural)
    EX: Ham is how much? (Subject: non-count and singular)
    EX: 200 grammes of ham is how much? (Subject: quantity expression)

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