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What is the correct form (singular or plural) of the following two sentences:

A particular amount of students has/have access.

A particular amount of students was/were selected.

In my opinion, it could be either referred to "amount", which would be singular (has/was) or to "students", which would be plural (have/were).

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Avoid "particular" in this sentence; it means single; one unit; one thing.

"Amount" also is vague since it can just be one or multiple.

Better yet:

"A few students have access"

"A few students were selected"

"particular amount" is disastrous in my view. I'd avoid this construction altogether.

  • What do you think about the following improvements: A specific number of students have access. A specific number of students were selected. – Anderson Aug 13 '16 at 20:29

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