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    why?

    Hi,
    I would like to know why this sentence is correct:
    1.5 million dollars WAS spent....
    and why not
    1.5 million dollars WERE spent.

    Thank you for your help and time.

    Lubica from Slovakia

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    Re: why?

    Hello Lubica from Slovakia

    In answer to your question, the phrase 1.5 million dollars is a sum, a singular entity, which is why it calls for a singular verb. Consider also:

    • 400 dollars is a lot of money.
    • $400 dollars is a lot of money.



    • 400 dollars are a lot of money.
    • $400 dollars are a lot of money.

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