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HOME > ENGLISH GRAMMAR EXERCISES > Collective nouns 1

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ENGLISH FLUENCY BUILDING TEST
topic: Using 'is' or 'are' with collective nouns 1 | level: Advanced


Many of the sentences below can, in theory, be completed with either is or are, depending on whether one treats a collective noun (something like "ten dollars") as a single item or as a collection of individual parts. The answers in this exercise are based on standard American English usage.

1. 5 dollars (are/is) all that I have.

2. 5 men (are/is) walking towards us.

3. 5 minutes (are/is) not enough to answer the question.

4. 5 miles (are/is) too far to walk.

5. 5 plates (are/is) on the table.

6. 5 cats (are/is) in that basement.

7. 5 people (are/is) yelling at me at the same time.

8. 5 hours of sleep (are/is) not enough to feel rested.

9. More than 5 million dollars (are/is) spent yearly on law enforcement.

10. Your cholesterol level and blood pressure (are/is) things that you have to check from time to time.




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