We can't figure out what is the correct subject for this sentence. Please help!
Sentence: >1/29 people in the USA is an illegal immigrant
View #1: One, out of 29 people, in the USA is an illegal immigrant.
Argument: One is a pronoun so it is clearly the subject here. "One is an illegal immigrant"
Response: This is not the original meaning of the sentence. There are not 29 people in the USA.
View #2: 1 out of 29 people in the USA is an illegal immigrant
Argument: One is used as a number because you can't say Craig out of 29 people in the USA is an illegal immigrant. The subject is people.
Response: "One" refers to a quantity of an item (the subject) omitted from the sentence.
"There are many eggs in this basket; one is rotten. The second independent clause is saying: "One [egg] is rotten." It is not saying: "One (the number) is rotten."
This other guy seems to think people are referring to the number 1 as being rotten.
View #3: One out of 29 people in the USA is an illegal immigrant
Argument: This is an implied statement. The implication is one person out of 29 people in the USA is an illegal immigrant. The subject is one.
Response: This only makes sense for a command. There is no omission of the subject.