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    She further added, "As a native of Jerusalem I know and respect this society. I know it's just a handful of people that tarnishes the reputation of an entire sector. I was very offended by what he did."
    More: Soldier: Haredi man spat on me and my mother - Israel News, Ynetnews

    "As for Newsweek's fate, the paid-digital strategy strikes me as little more than a face-saving move. I can't believe more than a handful of people are going to sign up," Kennedy said on his blog.
    More:Newsweek ends 80-year print run, goes all-digital - Israel Culture, Ynetnews

    The Young Professionals Program is geared towards candidates under the age of 32 who are interested in junior positions at the UN. Only a handful of Israelis have succeeded in passing its entrances tests over the past few years.
    More:Young Israelis flunk UN entrance exams - Israel Business, Ynetnews

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    In sum, I donít know whether a handful of takes singular or plural verb?

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    Default Re: "... a handful of people that tarnishes ..."

    It's plural to me.

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    Default Re: "... a handful of people that tarnishes ..."

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    It's plural to me.

    Great! Should I drop s?

    "I know it's just a handful of people that tarnishes
    the reputation of an entire sector."

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    Default Re: "... a handful of people that tarnishes ..."

    I would. Some other native speaker might disagree. Collective nouns can be a matter of style or local preference.

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    Default Re: "... a handful of people that tarnishes ..."

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post

    In sum, I don’t know whether a handful of takes singular or plural verb?

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    I think it depends on whether we're dealing with a countable or uncountable noun. Consider the following sentence which I found in Google Books:

    There is a handful of sand on the floor, and I fear someone will step in it and fall.

    (The Inter-mountain Educator, Volumes 15-16)

    I think that "are" would be less likely here.

    However, in your sentence I would also use the plural form of the verb.
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 31-Oct-2012 at 21:24. Reason: rewrite

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    Default Re: "... a handful of people that tarnishes ..."

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    a countable or uncountable noun.
    I can add an indefinite articular an before uncountable noun, can't I? A countable or an uncountable noun, for example.

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    Default Re: "... a handful of people that tarnishes ..."

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post


    I can add an indefinite articular an before uncountable noun, can't I? A countable or an uncountable noun, for example.
    Yes, you could, but it's not necessary.

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