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One in 10 students in my class is / are rich. #209919
03/06/13 08:48 AM
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Lionel Koh Offline OP
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One in 10 students in my class is / are rich.

Which bold word should I use?

Thanks.

Re: One in 10 students in my class is / are rich. [Re: Lionel Koh] #209920
03/06/13 11:42 AM
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Welcome, Lionel.

Is - the subject of the sentence is 'one student', therefore the verb must be singular.


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Re: One in 10 students in my class is / are rich. [Re: Lionel Koh] #209922
03/06/13 12:20 PM
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Unless you feel that you're not really talking about one student, you're talking about 10% of the class.

Re: One in 10 students in my class is / are rich. [Re: Lionel Koh] #209923
03/06/13 05:30 PM
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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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