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    #1

    concord

    Which one is correct?
    Three tablespoons full of oil is taken.
    or
    Three tablespoons full of oil are taken.


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    Wink Re: concord

    The second one, because the verb refers to the three tablespoons and not to the oil.

    (I'm not a teacher)

    Bye!


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    Re: concord

    Quote Originally Posted by yamisivani View Post
    Which one is correct?
    Three tablespoons full of oil is taken.
    or
    Three tablespoons full of oil are taken.
    There is a matter of concept and context. It could be "[A dose of] three tablespoons of oil is taken" or "Three tablespoons of oil are taken".

    If the former, instructions for taking a medicine, the singular would be quite usual.

    If the latter, possibly instructions in a recipe, the plural is required.

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