2 billion pounds HAS or HAVE been spent

kid TJ

Member
Slovenia, slovene
Hi! We were reading a text in school and there was this sentence: Over 2 billion pounds has now been spent on the docks alone... (in the text "pounds" is not written with a word, but with a sign), and we were talking about whether this was the right way to say it or it would be better to say: 2 billion pounds have now been spent, (since a billion of something definitely is plural). Well we couldn't decide and not even the teacher knew for sure. So I would be really glad if somebody could tell me what is the right way to say this, and why. Thank you!
 
  • panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    Has, not have - and here is why:
    In this case it is as if the words <a sum of> had been left out.
    <A sum of> two billion pounds has been spent ....
     

    kid TJ

    Member
    Slovenia, slovene
    Oh thank you, has did sound better to me, but I had no idea why!:) Thanks for the explanation! And now I can explain it to my teacher :D
     
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