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    Which of you two boys is/are throwing stones at the cat

    This is a plural/singular verb question, but I can't see it answered elsewhere.

    Elsewhere the consensus is that when you have a collective noun and plural nouns, you can use either a singular or plural verb eg

    A pack of wolves was attacking the sheep or
    A pack of wolves were attacking the sheep

    But what about a sentence like:

    Which of you two boys is/are throwing stones at the cat.

    Can you use either "is" or "are"?

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    Re: Which of you two boys is/are throwing stones at the cat

    In your first example, either singular or plural can work depending on whether you see "pack" as a unit (singular) or a number of individuals (plural). In my experience the singular would be more common in the US and plural more common in the UK.

    In the second, I can see no verb other than the singular. "Which" is the subject and is singular. In addition, the question suggests that only one of the two boys is throwing stones.

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    Re: Which of you two boys is/are throwing stones at the cat

    I agree- the question suggests that one boy is throwing stones, so I would use is. The answer could be that two were, but that is likely to be indicated by something like In fact, both of us were.

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