which verb ?
which sentence is correct?
Speed of the particles is measured.
Speed of the particles are measured.
speed is uncountable and we should use a singular verb for it. However we have "particles" that is plural. Which verb should I use, singular or plural?
Patty is quite correct.
I do want to mention, however, why this is confusing you:
"particles" is plural and comes in front of your verb--this is why you want to use the plural verb "are" instead of the singular verb "is".
Patty is quite correct that "speed" is the subject, not particles.
As a student, the thing you need to understand is that "of the particles" is a prepositional phrase.
A prepositional phrase can never serve as your subject.
This is how you knew that the singular subject "speed" is the correct noun for agreement.
More examples that would confuse you:
One [of the girl scouts] is selling cookies.
(singular "one", not plural "scouts"; hence, singular "is", not plural "are")
The dude [in the tight pants] is awesome.
(singular "dude", not plural "pants"; hence, singular "is", not plural "are")
and so on.
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