Coral has / have died

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Are both sentences correct ?

22% of Australia's reef has died this year.
22% of Australia's reef have died this year.

Thank you !
  • Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    No. "Reef" is singular, and a fraction of a singular noun* is singular, so you need "has".

    *unless it is a singular collective noun or refers to a group of people, in which case it might be regarded as a plural.
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