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I know amounts and quantities usually take singular verbs even if they are plural nouns but what about this sentence? :

-There ........ two dollars in my wallet.
A) is
B) are

-Which is the right answer and why?

Thanks in advance.

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    They're both right. Use is if you're referring to the amount of money, are if you're referring to the number of dollars.
    – Robusto
    Commented May 5, 2017 at 3:13
  • Two dollars are a dollar+a dollar so are seems more appropriate to me, however, if it were one paper I'd go with is. Commented May 5, 2017 at 5:56

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As @Robusto commented:

  • They're both correct. Use is if you're referring to the amount of money and are if you're referring to the number of dollars.
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    There could be a multiple of X, but always only one 1 grand total or amount of X. There are two dollars in my wallet = I have two 1-dollar bills in my wallet, There is two dollars in my wallet might = I have 8 quarters.
    – LawrenceC
    Commented May 23, 2017 at 12:45
  • @LawrenceC I'm not familiar with 8 quarters. Could you expand your comment, please? Commented May 23, 2017 at 12:46
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    A quarter is a coin worth 25% of a dollar in the U.S.
    – LawrenceC
    Commented May 23, 2017 at 12:50
  • @LawrenceC Aha, so the 8 quarters are just 8 coins each worth 1/4 of a dollar. As there doesn't exist a 2-dollar bill this might be a real usage. Commented May 23, 2017 at 12:52
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    There are 2-dollar bills but they are pretty rare.
    – LawrenceC
    Commented May 23, 2017 at 13:02

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