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Nothing but minivans was/were parked on the top floor.

Should it be "was" or "were"? If "nothing" is always singular, then it should be "was." But to me, "were" sounds better. Which is right?

Thank you.
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Hello,

This is my take,

Here, "but" means "except that" and it gives us clue to not to decide the axuliary verb acording to nothing. "Minivians" are plural and you should use "were."
I agree with Doll. Minivans were parked, nothing else.
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Doll
Here, "but" means "except that" and it gives us clue to not to decide ...

Hello Philip, do you think my sentence is correct? I think I should omit the first "to".

Yes, it should be eliminated.
Thank you efendim (sir).
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Nothing but minivans was/were parked on the top floor.

Should it be "was" or "were"? If "nothing" is always singular, then it should be "was." But to me, "were" sounds better. Which is right?

I think it should be Nothing but minivans was parked on the top floor.

OR Nothing was parked on the top floor but minivans.
Hi,
I would say that the reason why "were" is the one that is more likely to sound good (at least to American ears, I think) is something called "notional agreement", or something like that. In other words, when you say "nothing but minivans", people will think of several minivans, and not "nothing". Emotion: smile
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