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There is/are more than one fish

 
 
Reply Wed 11 Mar, 2009 11:41 am
There is/are more than one fish.

Which word in bold should be used?

Many thanks.
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George
 
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Reply Wed 11 Mar, 2009 12:20 pm
@tanguatlay,
Use the plural "are" to agree with "more than one fish".

chai2
 
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Reply Wed 11 Mar, 2009 12:28 pm
@George,
George, what if you substituted the word dog(s)

There is more than 1 dog.
There are more than 12 dogs
ebrown p
 
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Reply Wed 11 Mar, 2009 12:30 pm
@chai2,
There is more than one way to skin a cat. (Thank goodness.)
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George
 
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Reply Wed 11 Mar, 2009 02:02 pm
@chai2,
Quote:
George, what if you substituted the word dog(s)

There is more than 1 dog.
There are more than 12 dogs

Well, I still think the plural is more appropriate, but certainly the examples
you give reflect the way most people speak.
George
 
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Reply Wed 11 Mar, 2009 02:38 pm
@George,
I thought about this some more and I agree with chai2.
It's illogical, but it is, I believe, the common and accepted usage.
tanguatlay
 
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Reply Thu 12 Mar, 2009 08:20 am
@George,
Many thanks to all of you.
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