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Fully one third of registered voters, according to recent polls, believes that character is the first consideration in assessing the worth of a politician.


A believes that character is the first

B believes that character is first a

C believes that character is at first

D believe that character is at first

E believe that character is the first


Is the subject singular or plural and WHY?
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The subject is plural - 'one third of registered voters'... so verb should be 'believe'

Answer E.
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Can you explain what is wrong with my thinking then:

of is a preposition, thus what follows it is the object. So the actual subject is one-third and "of registered voters" serves as a prepositional phrase which acts an adjective.
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Can you explain what is wrong with my thinking then:

of is a preposition, thus what follows it is the object. So the actual subject is one-third and "of registered voters" serves as a prepositional phrase which acts an adjective.


yes that is correct and you have to refer the object of the preposition. So in the above, object is 'registered voters' , so we chose 'believe' to agree in subject-verb pair.

Consider following additional examples -

One third of the city is employed.
One third of the people are employed.
75% of the icecream is over.
75% of the icecreams are over.

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Can you explain what is wrong with my thinking then:

of is a preposition, thus what follows it is the object. So the actual subject is one-third and "of registered voters" serves as a prepositional phrase which acts an adjective.


Yes, this is an exception to the rule.

If we have something that is showing us the count/number before "of the noun" prepositional phrase, the verb must agree with the noun as nicely explained by agdimple333 earlier.
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Tricky one. If you look closely the subject is plural "voterS" and not "one third", which is singular. So E is correct.
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+1 E

When we talk about fractions or percentages, the number of the noun after "of" is what really matters.
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this, my friend, is NOT a 700+ level question.
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Clearly E
S-V agreement and the first better than at first
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