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    50 percent is/are

    Dear Friends,

    Which is correct:

    50 percent of the people is/are ... . If both, what is the difference?

    Thanks a lot.

    Palinkaocsi

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    Re: 50 percent is/are

    Quote Originally Posted by palinkasocsi View Post
    Dear Friends,

    Which is correct:

    50 percent of the people is/are ... . If both, what is the difference?

    Thanks a lot.

    Palinkaocsi
    What are 'the 50 percent of the people' doing?

    Possibly, 'Are' is the correct choice.

    Some/All/Many people are.

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    Re: 50 percent is/are

    Quote Originally Posted by tareq10 View Post
    What are 'the 50 percent of the people' doing?

    Possibly, 'Are' is the correct choice.

    Some/All/Many people are.


    percent is so called "collective noun" or in some lexicons ("group noun") so both versions are OK

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    Re: 50 percent is/are

    Quote Originally Posted by jirikoo View Post
    percent is so called "collective noun" or in some lexicons ("group noun") so both versions are OK
    Is the word 'people' similar to 'family'? Since we can say:

    My family are / is going in a journey.

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    Re: 50 percent is/are

    Quote Originally Posted by tareq10 View Post
    Is the word 'people' similar to 'family'? Since we can say:

    My family are / is going in a journey.

    family is basically a collective noun
    people is not - its already a "plural noun" thus a noun that occurs only in a plural forms: "People are rude."

    Google for a collective noun definition. Here's one: Collective noun - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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