Verbal Ability - Sentence Improvement - Discussion
In questions given below, a part of the sentence is italicised and underlined. Below are given alternatives to the italicised part which may improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative. In case no improvement is needed, option 'D' is the answer.
Correct form is : More than one person was killed in an accident.
Form is : [More than one]+ [Noun-person]+[singular verb in past tense-was]+[helping verb-killed].
IT DOESN'T CONFORM WITH SUBJECT-VERB AND HENCE IT IS INCORRECT AND UNRELIABLE.
When a noun phrase contains more than one and a singular noun, the verb is normally singular: There is more than one way to skin a cat. More than one editor is working on that project. More than one field has been planted with oats. When more than one is followed by of and a plural noun, the verb is plural: More than one of the paintings were stolen. More than one of the cottages are for sale. When more than one stands alone, it usually takes a singular verb, but it may take a plural verb if the notion of multiplicity predominates: The operating rooms are all in good order. More than one is (or are) equipped with the latest imaging technology.
'more than one' takes a singular verb. (Exceptional rule).
More than one is consider as a singular not plural.
"More persons than one were killed in accident".