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I'm writing an college-entrance essay and for me it's imperative that I understand and implement the correct one of these two expressions:

"Much of it is" or "Much of it are"

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I'm having trouble with my writing. The reason I'm having trouble is that much of it is about....

Should there be an "is" or an "are"?

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How to remember: Much divides stuff into just two parts and talks about just one part. –  StoneyB Oct 21 '12 at 0:01
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"Much of it is" is the correct grammar. Much always applies to singular nouns (i.e. quantifying a noun that is a singular entity). In addition, "it" is a singular pronoun. So it is without question that "is" is the correct verb conjugation to use.

Were it plural, it would be "many of them are".

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@David as an aside, good luck! –  Ataraxia Oct 20 '12 at 23:54
    
Thank you! This helps a lot! –  David Oct 20 '12 at 23:55
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