Spot the Errors - English (MCQ) for Bank, MBA, CAT, MAT, GMAT, SSC for Q. 26683

Q.  Three-fourths of (1)  / the land (2)  / have been (3)  / ploughed. (4)  / No Error (5)
- Published on 01 Feb 17

a. 1
b. 2
c. 3
d. 4
e. 5

ANSWER: 3
 
Replace 'have' with 'has'.

Here, the subject 'land' is an uncountable noun i.e. used in singular sense, so the verb should also be singular.

The correct sentence should be: Three-fourths of the land has been ploughed.

In case of the following -
Half of, One third of, Two thirds of, Three-fourths of
Some, Some of, All, All of, Enough, Most, Most of, Lots of, A lot of, Plenty of

Case I - If noun is uncountable, it is used in 'singular' sense, then verb is also 'singular'.

e.g. Some money is needed.

Lots of milk is available.

Case II - If noun is countable, it is used in 'plural' sense, then verb is also 'plural'.

e.g. Half of the shops are closed today.

All men are mortal.

Lots of students were there.

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