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    suffer or suffers

    Upto 90% of Indian population suffer from Vitamin D deficiency.

    Kindly let me know which is correct?

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    #2

    Re: suffer or suffers

    Quote Originally Posted by new2grammar View Post
    Up to 90% of the Indian population suffer from Vitamin D deficiency.
    'suffer'

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    #3

    Re: suffer or suffers

    Population is certainly a collective noun, but if I am not wrong it can take a plural or singular verb depending on the purpose of the sentence, and I have seen the word in singular form after a percentage to indicate that such percentage represents precisely a single group of population.

    Why is this not the case?

    Any more opinions will be much appreciated.
    Last edited by José Manuel Rosón Bravo; 07-Aug-2013 at 11:15.
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    #4

    Re: suffer or suffers

    '...up to 90%' is not a precise number.

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    #5

    Re: suffer or suffers

    Obviously. It is a percentage, and as far as I have gathered a given fraction or quantity of persons or things must be understood as a singular subject if considered as a mass or unit group, and as plural if considered as separate or individual units.

    Is not that "90%" a mass or group?

    I am doubting.
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    #6

    Re: suffer or suffers

    '...up to 90%' is not a precise percentage, either.

    It just means 'Most Indians suffer from....'

    Somebody else may be able to explain it better.

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    #7

    Re: suffer or suffers

    Sorry, but I do not agree with that. Have a look at my reply here.
    Last edited by José Manuel Rosón Bravo; 08-Aug-2013 at 21:14.
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    #8

    Re: suffer or suffers

    "90%" means "90 out of 100". 90 out of 100 suffer. 'Population' is not the subject.
    "One of my three brothers suffers."
    "Two of my three brothers suffer."
    Last edited by Raymott; 07-Aug-2013 at 19:32. Reason: fix typo 'means'

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    #9

    Re: suffer or suffers

    "90%" mean "90 out of 100".
    Why mean not means, please?


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    #10

    Re: suffer or suffers

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    Why mean not means, please?

    It was a typo. I fixed it. Thanks.

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