more than one作主语谓语动词用单数还是复数

more than one作主语谓语动词用单数还是复数呢?
 
请看两个句子:
More than one boy __________ read the story.
More boys than one __________ read the story.
A. havehave                        B. hashas                        C. havehas                        D. hashave
此题应选D。该题很容易误选A,认为既然more than one意为“不只一个”(=多个),那么其谓语就应该用复数。 其实more than one 用作主语时,谓语通常要用单数(要从形式一致来考虑)more than one用作主语时,要注意以下两个结构:
◎“more than one+单数名词”用作主语,其谓语通常用单数(即从形式考虑)
◎“more+复数名词+than one”用作主语,其谓语通常要用复数
也就是说,以上结构中名词的数决定其后动词的数。
不只一个学生受到惩罚。
正:More than one student was punished.
正:More students than one were punished.
类似以上用法的还有:
many a+单数名词(意为:许多),用作主语,谓语用单数(即从形式一致考虑)
many+复数名词(意为:许多),用作主语,谓语要用复数
也就是说,以上结构中名词的数决定其后动词的数。
很多小孩在那儿玩。
正:Many a child was playing there.
正:Many children were playing there.

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