Should I use a singular or plural verb when the subject is "about one in ten"


I see this both ways in common literary usage. I write a lot of reports about the results of opinion polls and surveys. When we're using pharases like "one in 10," "one-third" or "a quarter" to refer the the proportion of respondents or, by extension, the proportion of the population, is it acceptable (not incorrect) to use the plural verb?

asked May 07 '12 at 14:41 Laurie Harrington New member

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