|About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us|
You are not logged in. [Log In] Wordsmith.org » Forums » General Topics » Q&A about words » One in 10 students in my class is / are rich. Register User Forum List Calendar Active Topics Search FAQ
#209919 - 03/06/13 03:48 AM One in 10 students in my class is / are rich.
One in 10 students in my class is / are rich.
Which bold word should I use?
#209920 - 03/06/13 06:42 AM Re: One in 10 students in my class is / are rich. [Re: Lionel Koh]
Loc: Lancaster, UK
Is - the subject of the sentence is 'one student', therefore the verb must be singular._________________________
I'm immortal until proven otherwise
#209922 - 03/06/13 07:20 AM Re: One in 10 students in my class is / are rich. [Re: Lionel Koh]
Unless you feel that you're not really talking about one student, you're talking about 10% of the class.
#209923 - 03/06/13 12:30 PM Re: One in 10 students in my class is / are rich. [Re: Lionel Koh]
According to MWDEU, the plural verb is more common in this construction, although the singular verb is found. Use of the plural verb is due to notional agreement - that is, the subject is seen as a percentage, as Faldage says.
Forum Stats 8876 Members
Max Online: 3341 @ 12/09/11 02:15 PM
Newest Members RBG4L, jimrsbjorklund2, Ralph2, JoanPerrin51, Steve_Benko
8876 Registered Users
Who's Online 0 registered (), 57 Guests and 3 Spiders online. Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters (30 Days)
endymion6 83 LukeJavan8 81 wofahulicodoc 64 A C Bowden 43 May 33 Rainmaker 15 Tromboniator 3 Ralph2 1 BranShea 1
wwh 13858 Faldage 13803 Jackie 11613 tsuwm 10532 LukeJavan8 7711 Buffalo Shrdlu 7210 AnnaStrophic 6511 Wordwind 6296 wofahulicodoc 6039 of troy 5400
Board Rules · Mark all read Contact Us · Wordsmith.org · Top
Disclaimer: Wordsmith.org is not responsible for views expressed on this site. Use of this forum is at your own risk and liability - you agree to hold Wordsmith.org and its associates harmless as a condition of using it.
Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat
© 2014 Wordsmith