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    perfraction

    are fractions and percentages supposed to be in plural or singular
    Is the verb supposed to agree with the noun following the number or the number itsself?

    20% of the world's people are/Is dying
    0% of the world's people are/Is dying
    1% of the world's people are/Is dying


    1/3 of the world's people are/Is dying
    2/3 of the world's people are/Is dying

    What if the noun is a mass noun?

    20% of the world's flour are/Is wasted
    0% of the world's flour are/Is wasted
    1% of the world's flour are/Is wasted

    1/3 of the world's flour are/Is wasted
    2/3 of the world's flour are/Is wasted

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    Re: perfraction

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    are fractions and percentages supposed to be in plural or singular
    Is the verb supposed to agree with the noun following the number or the number itsself?

    20% of the world's people are/Is dying
    0% of the world's people are/Is dying
    1% of the world's people are/Is dying


    1/3 of the world's people are/Is dying
    2/3 of the world's people are/Is dying

    What if the noun is a mass noun?

    20% of the world's flour are/Is wasted
    0% of the world's flour are/Is wasted
    1% of the world's flour are/Is wasted

    1/3 of the world's flour are/Is wasted
    2/3 of the world's flour are/Is wasted
    With plural nouns use plural verbs :

    20% of the world's people are dying

    With fractions, percentages and indefinite quantifiers, the verb agrees with the preceding noun or clause.
    With singular or non-count nouns , use a singular verb:

    One third of this article is taken up with statistical analysis.
    All of the book seems relevant to this study.
    Half of what he writes is undocumented.
    About fifty percent of the job is routine.
    All the information is current.


    20% of the world's flour is wasted.

    Subject-Verb Agreement

    Seventy percent of the professors have doctoral degrees.
    Seventy percent of the money has been spent.
    Subject and Verb Agreement
    Last edited by Teia; 04-Oct-2007 at 18:27.

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