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Please help me with Subject- verb concord.



hongduyen
Vietnam

Please help me with Subject- verb concord.
 
Hi there! Could anybody please tell me which is better in the following sentences? Thanks in advance!!!
1) One in ten (take/ takes) drug.
2) Approximately one in every three marriages in America (end/ ends) in divorce.
3) No one except his own supporters (agree/ agrees) with him.

22 Jun 2011      



Errie
Japan

I would say
 
1. One out of ten takes drugs.
2. Approximately one out of three marriages in America ends in a divorce.
3. No one except his own supporters agree with him.
 
 

22 Jun 2011     



yanogator
United States

I would say
1. takes  (One takes)
2. ends   (One ends)
3. agrees (No one agrees)
 
Bruce

22 Jun 2011     



hongduyen
Vietnam

@ Bruce: Thank you very much, Bruce. But what confuses me is the note from the grammar book "A University Grammar of English". It says the verbs sometimes agree with whatever noun or pronoun closely precedes it, and it gives the examples:
1. One in ten take drugs.
2. No one except his own supporters agree with him.

22 Jun 2011     



yanogator
United States

Well, there īs not much I can say in answer to that. The book does say "sometimes". I īm just telling you what sounds right to me. For "one in ten", either choice sounds OK. For "No one", only "agree" sounds good to me.

Bruce

22 Jun 2011