# Thread: One percent of 100 people is/are attending the meeting.

1. ## One percent of 100 people is/are attending the meeting.

1. One percent of 100 people is/are attending the meeting.

2. One percent of 1000 people is /are attending the meeting.

What are the answers?

(I think 'is' and 'are' are)

2. ## Re: One percent of 100 people is/are attending the meeting.

Originally Posted by wotcha
1. One percent of 100 people is/are attending the meeting.

2. One percent of 1000 people is /are attending the meeting.

What are the answers?

(I think 'is' and 'are' are)
Why do you think that there is a difference between the two sentences? The number of attendees and the percentage attending are not important.

3. ## Re: One percent of 100 people is/are attending the meeting.

Originally Posted by wotcha
1. One percent of 100 people is/are attending the meeting.

2. One percent of 1000 people is /are attending the meeting.
Whichever you decide, these are unnatural utterances.

4. ## Re: One percent of 100 people is/are attending the meeting.

Originally Posted by 5jj
Whichever you decide, these are unnatural utterances.

I know. Actually one of my students asked me this question a few days ago.

5. ## Re: One percent of 100 people is/are attending the meeting.

As Gilnetter said, a percentage is a percentage; and as 5jj said, both sentences are unnatural.

b

6. ## Re: One percent of 100 people is/are attending the meeting.

So in both sentences is or are correct?
but in sentence (1) 100 people & (2) 1000 and both should (are)
please explain for us.

Thanks

7. ## Re: One percent of 100 people is/are attending the meeting.

Originally Posted by Anwar1973
So in both sentences is or are correct?
but in sentence (1) 100 people & (2) 1000 and both should (are)
please explain for us.

Thanks
If your focus is people=> 'are', if your focus is percentage=> 'is'. But as has been said many times the question is academic. You're bound to meet someone who's convinced you're wrong whatever you do. So it's fortunate that nobody ever has to say this.

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