Which verb to use, 'is' or 'are', in the following case?
A handful of soldiers is/are always better than a mouthful of arguments.
The original sentence, that I've got uses 'is'; I wonder why, and why not 'are'?
Could we use either? One in one context, other in some other context? Please explain!
On the contrary, I've got the following cases when 'a handful of'+plural is followed by a plural verb;
- Only a handful of activists are articulate in our union.
- Only a handful of people know the fact.
- Only a handful of men want to take childcare leave.
Edit: I think the feeling that it might take a singular verb might be coming because the sentence sounds like;
A hand full of soldiers is always better than a mouth full of arguments.