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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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are: think proximity to drugs
Marius Hancuare: think proximity to drugs
Is that really a good answer? Shouldn't we teach people to think about the subject of the sentence when deciding on verb agreement? The subject of a sentence is never in a prepositional phrase like that. More is the subject, and more is plural. You always say "more are," not "more is."
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ytsirkThe subject of a sentence is never in a prepositional phrase like that. More is the subject, and more is plural. You always say "more are," not "more is."
Hi,
I think it should be "are" because it agrees with "drugs". It's not true "more" is plural... if you had water instead of drugs, you would say that more than 50% of the water ispolluted, wouldn't you? Water is uncountable, so you use a singular verb... Emotion: smile
EdamameHello all,

Could you tell me which is correct?

""More than 90% of the drugs are.. " or "More than 90% of the drugs is" or "More than 90% of the drugs is.."

Thank you very much.

"More than 90% of the drugs are.. " It should be 'are'. Half of the pupils were absent. "Half of the pupils" is definitely more than one pupil.

'More than 90% of the drugs' should be many tablets, capsules, etc of the drugs. Therefore, you should use 'are'.
KooyeenIt's not true "more" is plural... if you had water instead of drugs, you would say that more than 50% of the water is polluted, wouldn't you? Water is uncountable, so you use a singular verb...
I apologize for not qualifying my comment. In that sentence, more is plural. Yes it is.
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ytsirk
KooyeenIt's not true "more" is plural... if you had water instead of drugs, you would say that more than 50% of the water is polluted, wouldn't you? Water is uncountable, so you use a singular verb...
I apologize for not qualifying my comment. In that sentence, more is plural. Yes it is.

I agree with ytsirk. Y'all need better examples though. "More" isn't a good example because it can be singular or plural depending on context.

But if you say something like "One of the apples is missing." Then you don't want to teach people to think about the proximity of apples, do you? The subject is "One" and so the verb is singular. If you teach someone to look at the word closest to the verb, they won't learn it correctly.
 Thank 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."
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.
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