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    Eighty percent of the population is/are

    I'm confused by such a question again.

    - Eighty percent of the population is/are overdosing on salt.

    I think the answer is 'are' but I'm unsure. Do I look at 'eighty percent' as plural hence 'are' or 'population' as a collective noun hence 'is'?

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    Re: Eighty percent of the population is/are

    I think 'is' is correct because the subject is 'population', which is singular.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Eighty percent of the population is/are

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    Eighty percent of the population is/are overdosing on salt.
    "80%" indicates a part/portion of something. In your sentence, it is "population". This is a collective noun and I think both options are acceptable.

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    Re: Eighty percent of the population is/are

    In British English, both forms are OK. I would guess that the plural would be the more common one.

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