which is correct? How much IS a dozen of donuts? OR How much are a dozen of donuts?

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In American English, the most understood form would be 'is'--and don't use the word 'of':

How much is a dozen donuts?

If you say 'are', you're likely to receive a response of 'twelve donuts.'

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Several points:

1) The standard term is "a dozen donuts" (not "a dozen of donuts").

2) The question "How much is a dozen donuts?" could mean one of two things:

a) How many donuts make up a dozen?

b) What does a dozen donuts cost?

3) American English usage is fussier than British English with regard to number agreement between subject and verb. In British English, both forms of your query sentence would be acceptable (provided the 'of' is omitted), whereas American English usage would usually prescribe "How much is a dozen donuts?"

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  • @Flimzy Whilst I agree with you that ambiguity is possible, with me it would be if you used is. But I am British and regularly use are where an American might use is - Norwich are playing Sheffield Wednesday at the week-end. But I also spell them doughnuts. – WS2 Oct 23 '14 at 7:01
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The subject is plural, but you don't need the preposition. The correct form would be:

How much are a dozen doughnuts?

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    Except that in the donut (and egg) trade, "a dozen" is a common unit of measure, just the same way as a gallon of milk, a bushel of apples, a hand of bananas, or a bag of peanuts. If you would ask "how much is a bag of peanuts", or "how much is a gallon of milk", one would by extension ask, "how much is a dozen donuts". – brasshat Oct 23 '14 at 4:37

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