money sums + singular/plural

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money sums + singular/plural

Post by Perho » Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:02 am


I was thinking that money sums take the plural, e.g. in sentences as “50 pounds are paid to...”. However, today I came across this sentence:

£1,000 was paid to Emily.

Now what is correct (and why) ? Logically, I was thinking that as the numbers are higher than one, they must stand with the plural. I can’t find anything about that in my grammar book (Longman).

£1,000 was paid / were paid. ?
£50 is / are a large sum ?

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Re: money sums + singular/plural

Post by Alan » Fri Jul 26, 2013 2:47 am

Sums of money are always treated as singular in contemporary usage (Fifty pounds WAS paid, etc.)