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    #1

    is/are

    One per cent of the population is/are poor.

    Which verb should I use?

    Many thanks in advance.


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    One per cent [of the population] is...

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    #3

    Re: is/are

    Thanks, Anglika.

    10 per cent of the population is/are poor.

    Should I use 'are' since 1 per cent ... is ... ?

    Many thanks.


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    Re: is/are

    I would say you should use:

    Ten per cent of the population is poor.

    It seems just right to me because I think of a fixed expression when I read X per cent of.....

    best wishes


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    Re: is/are

    AS Maluues suggests, "x per cent" is a fixed expression in which the numeral has no grammatical effect.

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    Re: is/are

    Hi there,

    X per cent of (uncountable noun/singular noun) is
    eg. 20 per cent of the (world) is starving.

    whereas

    X per cent of (plural noun) are
    eg. 10 per cent of the (students) are satisfied with the result.

    I'm not a teacher,
    hope this helps.

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    Re: is/are

    Many thanks, Anglika, Maluues and Kazuki, for your help.

    Best regards

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