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Autor:  PPAULO
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Data:  25/AGO/2011 12:12 AM
Assunto:  People goes, in this case.

    Yes, I agree to Google, so  "goes" is normally expected  in the sentence.




More than one person are unhappy with this.  (   "is" not "are"  answer  -  YES)



December 9, 2007

Can more than one be singular?

Q: Which is better: “More than one person is going” or “More than one person are going”? Put more abstractly, should the verb agree with the meaning of the word “one” or the meaning of the phrase “more than one”?


A: The phrase “more than one” can be either singular or plural, depending on how it’s used, according to The American Heritage Book of English Usage.
When “more than one” modifies a singular noun, it goes with a singular verb: “More than one person is going.”

But when it’s followed by “of” and a plural noun, it takes a plural verb: “More than one of the people are going.”

When “more than one” stands alone, it can be either singular or plural, depending on whether you want to emphasize the oneness or the more-than-oneness.
If someone asks you how many people are going, for example, you could reply “More than one is too much” or “More than one are going.”




According to the American Heritage Dictionary of English Usage:

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.




One example:  When there is more than one person involved, the form of the pronoun does not change.   [Not there are...]

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People go  –  Intruder  24/AGO/2011, 5:16 PM
People go  –  Orlando  24/AGO/2011, 6:47 PM
People go  –  Intruder  24/AGO/2011, 10:19 PM
 People goes, in this case.  –  PPAULO  25/AGO/2011, 12:12 AM
People goes, in this case.  –  PPAULO  25/AGO/2011, 12:18 AM
People goes, in this case.  –  Orlando  25/AGO/2011, 1:29 PM
People goes, in this case.  –  PPAULO  25/AGO/2011, 2:18 PM

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