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    More than one person

    "If more than one person is involved in this matter" or "are involved in this matter"? which one is correct?

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    Re: More than one person

    I would say "more than one person is". Usually, "more than one" does not make the noun plural.

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    Re: More than one person

    So I should say "More than one person is involved in this matter"?

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    #4

    Re: More than one person

    Yes.

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    #5

    Re: More than one person

    'Person' is singular, so a singular verb should be used, regardless of the fact that 'more than one' is at least two.

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    #6

    Re: More than one person

    This is arbitrary, defies logic and is an exception to the rule.
    Maybe 'is'sounds better after 'person'.

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    Re: More than one person

    It is not arbitrary. It does not defy logic. And it is not an exception. It IS the rule.

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    #8

    Re: More than one person

    A rule which is not consistent with other rules.

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    #9

    Re: More than one person

    'Fewer than two people are involved in this matter.'
    Similarly, 'are' should be used because 'people' is plural, although 'fewer than two' is at most one. Am I right?
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    This is arbitrary, defies logic
    tedmc, it may be arbitrary and defy logic in our native language, but what we are learning is English rather than Chinese.
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 13-Jan-2015 at 10:52.

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    #10

    Re: More than one person

    Ted, it would be better for you if you paid attention more and argued less.

    More than one person was selected by the committee.
    More than two people were selected by the committee.

    More than one dog was honored at the dog show.
    More than two dogs were honored at the dog show.

    Do you see a pattern here?

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