« Sentences like this should be treated as plural. There are good grammatical and logical reasons for this. Compare more than one in six Japanese is 65 or more… `with more than one in six Japanese are 65 or more. « Grammatically, we are not talking about the nomin `one`, but the phrase nov `one to six`, which means a group of people. Logically, the term represents a proportion – just like « 17% » or « one-sixth » that the two plurals adopt. « Two out of seven » and « three out of ten » also take plurals and work in the same way. (David Marsh and Amelia Hodsdon, Guardian Style, 3rd ed. Guardian Books, 2010) Constructions that « set aside » a single noun of its plural members (as in the « collective name of [members] model).
On these topics, spokespeople and authors often choose to express the verb in the plural: in turn, you will often see cases where a plural verb is used with a singular noun that suggests plurality because of its importance and context. These names include couple, trio, crowd, family, crew, crowd, generation and committee. You might see a phrase like « The couple was seen, abandoned in a grey car » or « The crew was getting ready for departure, » where what is usually the singular subject (couple and crew) is associated with a plural verb (were). Prescriber H. W. Fowler supports a fictitious agreement in several cases. In his Dictionary of Modern English Usage, he wrote to « none »: « It is a mistake to assume that the pronoun sings. only – should be followed at all costs to sing. Word and c.; The OED expressly states that pl. commoner construction is. No one accepts a singular verb if it refers to the singular and a plural verb, if its circumference is plural. Simply put, a fictitious chord occurs when the agreement between a subject and its verb (or, in some cases, a pronoun and its predecessor) is determined by meaning and not by form.
Of course, you can always use formal chords, but there will be times when the result will be stylized and old-fashioned. If this happens, consider whether you have a case for a fictitious agreement. In addition to the situations I gave in Grammar Bite: Making Subjects and Verbs Agree, here are a few others that follow the fictitious chord: it`s quite simple: it`s the third individual conjugation of the verb that corresponds to the student; are the plural conjugation of the third person that coincides with plural students. X percent of a singular verb if the noun following a singular or collective noun and a plural verb, if it is a plural noun. But there are times when the arrangement of what is considered an « agreement » is not so obvious, because what sounds like a single name is truly plural, or what sounds like a plural noun is essentially singular. This concept is called fictitious chord, also known as fictitious concord or synese.