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#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._________________________
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#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.
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