More than one . . . was? Can that be right? Surely "more than one" is plural.
"A singular subject takes a singular verb and a plural subject takes a plural verb," Bill Bryson says in his delightful Penguin Dictionary of Troublesome Words. "Anyone who can distinguish between one and more than one shouldn't find that too sophisticated a challenge."
But the Telegraph was right. As Fowler says: "More than one, though its sense is necessarily plural, is treated as a sort of compound of one, and . . . takes a singular verb." How irritatingly illogical of it.Reuse content