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May 7 2014   2:44PM GMT

Subject / verb agreement

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

typing Which is correct?
The survey results taught us that one in three network administrators ____ interested in learning more about software-defined networking.
a. was
b. were

Answer: a

Explanation: One is the subject of the sentence. One is a singular subject, so it requires the singular verb, was. Ignore prepositional phrases when deciding upon a singular or plural verb.

The survey results taught us that one (in three network administrators) was interested in learning more about software-defined networking.


 

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