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#209919 - 03/06/13 08:48 AM One in 10 students in my class is / are rich. Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 41 Lionel Koh
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One in 10 students in my class is / are rich.
Which bold word should I use?
#209920 - 03/06/13 11:42 AM Re: One in 10 students in my class is / are rich. [Re: Lionel Koh] Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 1,075 Rhubarb Commando
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Is - the subject of the sentence is 'one student', therefore the verb must be singular.
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#209922 - 03/06/13 12:20 PM Re: One in 10 students in my class is / are rich. [Re: Lionel Koh] Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 13,803 Faldage
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Unless you feel that you're not really talking about one student, you're talking about 10% of the class.
#209923 - 03/06/13 05:30 PM Re: One in 10 students in my class is / are rich. [Re: Lionel Koh] Joined: Jan 2012
Posts: 37 gooofy
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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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