Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Subject–Verb Agreement Again

This example comes from the supervising editor of the Straits Times, Sumiko Tan:

About €3,000 (S$6,000) are thrown into the [Trevi] fountain each day ... (Sunday Times Lifestyle, 31 May 2009).

Wrong. Since we aren’t counting each euro individually, but are thinking of €3,000 as a single sum, we need a singular verb:

About €3,000 is thrown into the [Trevi] fountain each day.

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