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I have a question regarding reading dollar amounts. At this store, I saw some scrunchies on sale for $5 per dozen.

Should I say,

These scrunchies is a five dollar per dozen item.

or is this completely incorrect? Should I reword everything into something like this:

These scrunchies are priced at five dollars per dozen.

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In the later two sentences, is/ are compares 'five dollars' to 'amount/ price' -- 'five dollars' as an amount is singular, 'five dollars' as the price, again, is singular. Lucky you, it could be more confusing actually. :) –  Kris Apr 17 '13 at 5:53
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In the first case, is/ are refers to 'these scrunchies', plural. As such, the correct sentence would be 'These scrunchies are ...' –  Kris Apr 17 '13 at 5:55
    
I removed your second question because it had nothing whatsoever to do with the first (and was a duplicate of an older question to boot). Please do not post several unrelated questions as one, and please search the site before posting. Thank you. –  RegDwigнt May 17 '13 at 13:24
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lets make it even simpler:

'The scrunchies are 5 dollars per/a dozen'
or
'These/Those scrunchies are (priced at) 5 dollars a/per dozen'

Have a look at the subject verb agreement. (example 8 will help)

And since its a price and not prices (and its 5 dollars not one) we would say:

Is 5 dollars really the right price?

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Or even "12 for 5 bucks." –  Jim Apr 17 '13 at 4:08
    
How about the last two examples, then? I'm not sure if dollars amounts should be plural or singular. It sounds weird either way for some reason. –  Pato Apr 17 '13 at 4:48
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@Pato, for your second question, imagine turning the question around, "Is/are the price really five dollars?". There's only one price, so you need "is" instead of "are". –  The Photon Apr 17 '13 at 4:56
    
@ThePhoton +1 for the ans –  camelbrush Apr 17 '13 at 12:00
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