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    A total of the students is or are.....??

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    Default Re: is "a total of" plural or singular?

    Quote Originally Posted by doltae View Post
    A total of the students is or are.....??
    What is that you are trying to say?

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    Default Re: is "a total of" plural or singular?

    Which one is correct?

    1) A total of the students is....?
    2) A total of the students are...?

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    Default Re: is "a total of" plural or singular?

    Quote Originally Posted by doltae View Post
    Which one is correct?

    1) A total of the students is....?
    2) A total of the students are...?
    The word "total" is singular and takes a singular verb. That said, I don't know what you can follow that with and still have a meaningful sentence.

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    Default Re: is "a total of" plural or singular?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    The word "total" is singular and takes a singular verb. That said, I don't know what you can follow that with and still have a meaningful sentence.

    Does this mean that the sentence below is correct?

    - A total of ten students is going to have a retake of the exam this coming Monday.

    Or, it should be "are" instead. If this sentence uses "are", could you give me an example of a sentence that uses "total" and "is" in which "total" is the subject. Thanks.

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    Default Re: is "a total of" plural or singular?

    Quote Originally Posted by hlbert03 View Post
    Does this mean that the sentence below is correct?

    - A total of ten students is going to have a retake of the exam this coming Monday.
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    Well, yes, but the opening phrase strikes me as dead wood - I'd prefer just 'ten students are...', or - if you want to emphasize the total - 'ten students altogether...'

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    Quote Originally Posted by hlbert03 View Post
    Does this mean that the sentence below is correct?

    - A total of ten students is going to have a retake of the exam this coming Monday.

    Or, it should be "are" instead. If this sentence uses "are", could you give me an example of a sentence that uses "total" and "is" in which "total" is the subject. Thanks.
    Yes, I would use a singular verb there. There are those, I assume, who would choose a plural verb because of "students", but that would be incorrect, IMO.

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    Default Re: is "a total of" plural or singular?

    Thanks guys.

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    Thanks guys.
    You're welcome.

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