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Mar 17 2009   12:24PM GMT

A fraction is or a fraction are?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

typing Which is correct?
Of the hundreds of green initiatives proposed, only a _________ ever implemented.
a. fraction is
b. fraction are

Answer: b
Although fraction is singular, it’s referring to multiple initiatives so, in this case, you want the plural verb, are.

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