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"500 dollars are required as a downpayment."
"500 dollars is required as a downpayment."
We were quizzed in class on grammar. We were supposed to tell the correct sentence from the wrong one. I chose # 1 and was told it was wrong. Could you explain why?
Last edited by ostap77; 07-Dec-2011 at 00:00.
Literally more than a billion dollars have been spent so far on Enterprise Architecture by the federal government, and much, if not most of it has been wasted."
First "a billion dollars" are refered to as the plural and in the second half it's refer to as a sum of money?
Having said that, you are just as likely to hear "More than a billion dollars has been spent ...". It's possibly one of the least consistent grammatical points we encounter on this forum.
As far as the use of "it has" at the end is concerned, to me "it" just means "the money [that we have been speaking about]" and therefore attracts the singular. " ... much, if not most of that money has been wasted."