Is or are?

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  • lut_abu
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    20 April, 2012 at 3:20
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    I am having a disagreement with my colleagues at work on this sentence and I would like some clarification.
    The sentence is:

    Neither of the books (is/are) interesting for me to read.

    Which one is it, “is or are”? My whole life I have understood it to be “are” because the subject is pluralized.

    dan
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    23 April, 2012 at 13:30
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    Reply To: neither of the books…

    In fact we can use both:

    Neither of the books is interesting for me to read.

    …is used in more formal English.

    Neither of the books are interesting for me to read.

    …is used in more informal English.

    Both are in common use so we can say that both are correct!

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