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    Unhappy Sub-Verb Agreement: Which one is Correct?

    Which one of the following is correct and why?

    a) Two thirds of it is true.
    b) Two thirds of it are true.


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    Re: Sub-Verb Agreement: Which one is Correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by mfhaq77 View Post
    Which one of the following is correct and why?

    a) Two thirds of it is true.
    b) Two thirds of it are true.
    With these sentences, #a is correct. However, both verbs can be used, given the context of use.

    Two-thirds of the statement is true = "two-thirds" as a complete figure.

    Two-thirds of the children at risk are in inner cities = "two-thirds" as a numerical group.

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