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Pedants, help me with grammar query please.

(7 Posts)
Shaxx Mon 22-Nov-10 21:59:29

A disagreement at work.
Which one of the below is correct?

A significant part of the proceeds WAS used.
A significant part of the proceeds WERE used.

I think its the first but no one agrees with me. I am prepared to be corrected by the all-knowing mumsnet pedants if need be smile

Whippet Mon 22-Nov-10 22:02:32

I think you're right

A part was used
The proceeds were used

MaryBS Mon 22-Nov-10 22:03:01


Wigeon Mon 22-Nov-10 22:03:08


Because your verb needs to agree with the subject of the sentence, which in this case is PART. And "part" is clearly singular.

You could have a better argument with:

The government were divided on the issue.
The government was divided on the issue.


MrsJamesMartin Mon 22-Nov-10 22:03:18

Not sure but i'd agree its the first as its singular, a significant part.

MrsColumbo Mon 22-Nov-10 22:04:09

Whippet be right - 'tis the first.

Shaxx Mon 22-Nov-10 22:07:23

Thank you!
I shall go and fight my corner more convincingly tomorrow.
It needs to be right as it will be published but we're all in finance so not experts in grammar.

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