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# subject-verb agreement.

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12 Jul 2004, 07:31
It is now clear that more than one official in the department is/are corrupt.

a. is
b. are.
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12 Jul 2004, 07:36
I am going ahead with A.

"more than one" looks a singular number.

anuramm wrote:
It is now clear that more than one official in the department is/are corrupt.

a. is
b. are.

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12 Jul 2004, 07:40
anuramm wrote:
It is now clear that more than one official in the department is/are corrupt.

a. is
b. are.

Going with A.
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12 Jul 2004, 08:24
A.
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13 Jul 2004, 09:23
I got confused. I went through web. Found this. Thought I should share it... May be useful for some of us...

Hereâ€™s a riddle: How can you have more than one and still have only one? The answer: When you are skinning a cat. When a noun phrase contains more than one and a singular noun, the verb is normally singular: There is more than one way to skin a cat. More than one editor is working on that project. More than one field has been planted with oats. When more than one is followed by of and a plural noun, the verb is plural: More than one of the paintings were stolen. More than one of the cottages are for sale. When more than one stands alone, it usually takes a singular verb, but it may take a plural verb if the notion of multiplicity predominates: The operating rooms are all in good order. More than one is (or are) equipped with the latest imaging technology.
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13 Jul 2004, 09:46
I got confused. I went through web. Found this. Thought I should share it... May be useful for some of us...

Hereâ€™s a riddle: How can you have more than one and still have only one? The answer: When you are skinning a cat. When a noun phrase contains more than one and a singular noun, the verb is normally singular: There is more than one way to skin a cat. More than one editor is working on that project. More than one field has been planted with oats. When more than one is followed by of and a plural noun, the verb is plural: More than one of the paintings were stolen. More than one of the cottages are for sale. When more than one stands alone, it usually takes a singular verb, but it may take a plural verb if the notion of multiplicity predominates: The operating rooms are all in good order. More than one is (or are) equipped with the latest imaging technology.
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13 Jul 2004, 11:09
Thanks jpv, very nice info to have
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13 Jul 2004, 13:28
A for me...

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