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 Hello all,
Could you tell me which is correct?
"More than 90% of the drugs are..... " or "More than 90% of the drugs is...."
Thank you very much. 
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Both singular and plural suit me just fine: More than 90 percent of the drugs is/are wasted...
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EdamameThank you all. I thought I might have to consider "more than 90% of the drugs" as one group. But in this case, it seems I can simply consider that the number of drugs mentioned here is more than 1; therefore, I should use "are."
Yes. That way you'll be more correct more often than if you go with Marius' thought process.
I am relaxed here.
I'm in company (better said protected) of Swan and grammarians even greater than him who have validated the proximity process mentioned.
So by the time some of you finish your thought process, you'll be in the wake of my glorious smokeEmotion: smile
And, BTW:
Google hits:
0 for "percent of the drugs is"
383,000 for "percent of the drugs are"
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1. 95% of ten-year-olds have a mobile phone.
2. 95% of ten-year-olds is a very high figure.

In #1, the underlined part pre-modifies the subject ("ten-year-olds"). Thus the verb is plural.

In #2, the underlined part post-modifies the subject ("95%"). Thus the verb is singular.

Best wishes,

MrP
Can't argue with your examples, MrP.
1. 95% of ten-year-olds have a mobile phone.
2. 95% of ten-year-olds is a very high figure.

In #1, the underlined part pre-modifies the subject ("ten-year-olds"). Thus the verb is plural.

In #2, the underlined part post-modifies the subject ("95%"). Thus the verb is singular.

Best wishes,

MrP

Thank you MrP for another illustration that proves the proximity theory (while not always wrong) is not the best way to be taught.
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So , you guys mean that "drugs" is a countable noun? Ops....it's abit confusing.
Hi Awence,
yes, you can say "a drug", or "several drugs". With plurals you use a plural verb in those kinds of structures:
Some of the drugs are dangerous. One half of the drugs are dangerous. Fifty percent of the drugs are dangerous.
MrP's example was different... It shows you could say "parents" could take a singular verb: Parents is not spelled parence.Emotion: wink

By the way, I just remembered there might also be some differences between American and British English regarding plural vs singular verbs.
KooyeenMrP's example was different... It shows you could say "parents" could take a singular verb: Parents is not spelled parence.
Do you mean "percent"?
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Awence
So , you guys mean that "drugs" is a countable noun? Ops..it's abit confusing.
'Drug' is a countable noun. The plural of 'drug' is 'drugs'. It's not confusing.