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    Smile Two-thirds of the apples are/is rotten.

    Two-thirds of the apples are/is rotten.
    Two-thirds of the apple are/is rotten.



    Would you use are or is in the abvove two samples? Thanks.

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    Re: Two-thirds of the apples are/is rotten.

    I would say:

    Two-thirds of the apples are rotten.
    * Example : If we have 6 apples on the table, two-thirds of them is 4.

    Two-thirds of the apple is rotten.

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    Re: Two-thirds of the apples are/is rotten.

    Use the same rule for fractions as for percents -

    If it's a fraction of a plural, count noun, use are.
    If it's a fraction of a singular noun, use is.
    If it's a faction of a non-count noun, use is.

    Half of the students were there.
    Half the pizza is gone.
    Half of the allotted time has been used.

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    Smile Re: Two-thirds of the apples are/is rotten.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Use the same rule for fractions as for percents -

    If it's a fraction of a plural, count noun, use are.
    If it's a fraction of a singular noun, use is.
    If it's a faction of a non-count noun, use is.

    Half of the students were there.
    Half the pizza is gone.
    Half of the allotted time has been used.
    Thanks, Barb.

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