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Which is correct, "One pair of eagles build a nest." or, "One pair of eagles builds a nest."?

  • Duplicate with good discussion of “Pair was or pair were – Tuffy Mar 21 '18 at 21:53
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A pair of eagles are two eagles. --> they build a nest
A pair of scissors is one tool. --> it cuts paper

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  • “A pair of eagles build a nest.”
  • “A pair of eagles builds a nest.” — Present tense
  • “A pair of eagles is building a nest”

The 2nd and 3rd form have similar meanings, but the 2nd one is not quite right.

An example of builds, used properly. “Eagle pairs normally build their nest on a Tuesday, but this pair builds on a Wednesday”

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    “A pair of eagles build a nest.” — Past tense ... ??? I think Mr ctl-alt-delor's answer should be control-alt-deleted. – GEdgar Mar 22 '18 at 0:41

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