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Should 'was' have been used instead of 'were'? Options
Koh Elaine
Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 1:34:17 PM
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Anwar said the Federal Court sitting last October 27 was bad in terms of quorum as a minimum of three judges were necessary under Section 74 (1) of the Courts of Judicature Act 1964 which was not complied with.

I think 'was' should have been used instead of 'were' because the subject is 'minimum'. Am I correct?

Thanks.
georgieporgie
Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 1:40:55 PM
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Koh Elaine wrote:
Anwar said the Federal Court sitting last October 27 was bad in terms of quorum as a minimum of three judges were necessary under Section 74 (1) of the Courts of Judicature Act 1964 which was not complied with.

I think 'was' should have been used instead of 'were' because the subject is 'minimum'. Am I correct?

Thanks.

Yep!
NKM
Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 3:27:31 PM

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Yes, but …

Often, as in this case, we say "a minimum of" as a synonym of "at least". When we think of it that way, it makes sense to use a plural verb.

shass
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It is "were"

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