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    'one and a half oranges' singular or plural?

    One and a half oranges _______ left on the table.

    Is or are?

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    China's English tests are running crazy. The above was a choice question in a test and the right one is supposed to be 'is'. Please confirm if it is correct.
    Thank you.

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    Re: 'one and a half oranges' singular or plural?

    Quote Originally Posted by LiuJing View Post
    One and a half oranges _______ left on the table.

    Is or are?
    are
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    China's English tests are running crazy.
    This is not a new observation.
    The above was a choice question in a test and the right one is supposed to be 'is'. Please confirm if it is correct.
    Thank you.
    It's more than 1 - it's plural.

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    Re: 'one and a half oranges' singular or plural?

    Quote Originally Posted by LiuJing View Post
    One and a half oranges _______ left on the table.

    Is or are?

    -----------------------

    China's English tests are running crazy. The above was a choice question in a test and the right one is supposed to be 'is'. Please confirm if it is correct.
    Thank you.
    I completely agree with Raymott. It can only be are. There are two items here.

    You have to wonder what was in the mind of the person who wrote it. I pity you fine students of English who have to be measured by people who not only don't know their grammar but would think that your answer to such a question is an important indicator of your ability to write English.

    I am sorry to get so exercised over this but I have seen too many examples of such test questions.

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