Verbs Exercises

One Third of Is or Are Let’s Clear Our Doubts

When a sentence starts with “one third of/ two thirds of/ three fourths of” plus plural countable nouns, we always use plural verbs

For Ex:-

  • One third of the students is or are
  • One third of the students are   (correct)
  • One third of the population is or are
  • One third of the population are (correct)
  • One third of the villages receives or receive
  • One third of the villages receive (correct)

When a sentence starts with “one third of/two thirds of/three fourths of” plus singular uncountable nouns (knowledge, luggage, milk, work…), we always use singular verbs (is, has, was, and has been). When we use “one third of” with a singular countable noun, it represents quantity.

For Ex:-

  • One third of the milk has been wasted. 
  • Two thirds of information is shared.
  • Three fourths of work is done now.   
  • It is easy to understand one third subject verb agreement.

One Third/Two Thirds/three fourths of Exercises to Practice-

Results

#1. One third of my lessons …………… incomplete.

#2. Two thirds of the population ………… not getting enough food to survive.

#3. Three fourths of water ………. wasted every year.

(The word “water” is a singular uncountable noun; we use singular verbs with it)

#4. Two thirds of the books ………… rubbish.

#5. One third of music ………… not melodious.

(The word “music” is a singular uncountable noun; we use singular verbs with it)

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