Annie
Now in that country, only one percent of people "owns" more than than fifty percent of the wealth. why should i use "owns" in the sentence, not own?
Mar 1, 2017 12:13 PM
Answers · 7
Because the subject of the sentence is 'one percent', which is a singular noun - hence the 3rd person singular verb, 'owns' . That said, I think the sentence reads awkwardly with a singular subject. It would sound more natural to treat 'one percent of people' as a plural subject - referring to several million people - and say 'own'.
March 1, 2017
You are talking about them ( The people - They) so the verb is 'own' I - own You - Own He/She/It - Owns We - Own You - Own They - Own
March 1, 2017
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