Should "was" or "were" be used in the following?

One million dollars was/were allocated for disaster relief.

Millions of dollars was/were allocated by the government.

I'd appreciate your help.

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    "One million dollars" can be conceptualized as a sum of money, in which case, the singular is used. The plura version, however, is also found. – user178049 Jul 4 '19 at 3:36
  • What about "millions of dollars"? – Apollyon Jul 4 '19 at 3:43
  • Yes. It should be fine. – user178049 Jul 4 '19 at 4:33
  • You mean "millions of dollars" can take a singular verb? – Apollyon Jul 4 '19 at 5:59

Here's an answer on English SE that may help you. In this case, one million dollars and millions of dollars are being used as mass nouns and thus can be treated as grammatically singular.

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  • Is the plural version correct? – Apollyon Jul 4 '19 at 3:19
  • It's "correct" in the sense that you'll hear people saying, but many prescriptivists prefer the singular to avoid the image the the government is doling out a million dollars one at a time. – Max Jul 4 '19 at 3:21

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