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French Language French Grammar: Subject verb agreement — Verb agreement with fractions

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Subject-verb agreement with fractions & percentages

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Subject-Verb Agreement[edit | edit source]

The subject-verb agreement in French is the way to choose the correct ending for verbs in terms of grammatical persons, gender and number, depending on their subject.

Subject-Verb Agreement with fractions and percentages[edit | edit source]

When the fractions are subjects and have plural complements (present or implicit), the verbs agree with these complements:

  • La moitié (des gens) ont voté
Half (of the people) voted
  • Un tiers (de ceux qui étaient présents) ont parlé
A third (of those present) spoke


However, when the fraction has a singular complement (present or implied), verbs agree with the fraction:

  • La moitié (de la population) a voté
Half (the population) voted
  • Un tiers (de la maison) a été rénové
A third (of the house) has been renovated


Note: "les deux tiers" and percentages agree with plural verbs:

  • Les deux tiers des électeurs ont voté pour la gauche
Two-thirds of the electorate voted for the left
  • 33% ont voté pour la gauche
33% voted for the left
Note: In spoken or journalistic language "33% a voté pour la gauche" is often tolerated.

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