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    Is or are?

    A high percentage of people is\are coming to England this winter.

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    Re: Is or are?

    Quote Originally Posted by RoseSpring View Post
    A high percentage of people is\are coming to England this winter.
    singular - is

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    Re: Is or are?

    Quote Originally Posted by RoseSpring View Post
    A high percentage of people is\are coming to England this winter.
    ********** NOT A TEACHER **********

    Hello, RoseSpring.

    (1) Sentences like yours also confuse native speakers.

    (2) I checked my books and wish to report this:

    (a) The word percentage is indeed singular. But it appears that

    many (most?) native speakers here in the United States follow

    this "rule":

    Of + singular noun = singular verb.

    Of + plural noun = plural verb.

    (b) Therefore, maybe many (most?) Americans would prefer:

    A high percentage of people are coming to England this winter.

    THANK YOU

    P. S. Should it be a "high" percentage or a "large" percentage?

    I do not know. Hopefully, someone will tell us.






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    #4

    Re: Is or are?

    Quote Originally Posted by RoseSpring View Post
    A high percentage of people is\are coming to England this winter.
    Hi RoseSpring,
    There is another problem with this sentence, though. A high percentage of which people? Of the people on the planet? If even 1% of the world's population were visiting, it would be a big influx of visitors!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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