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 be a grammatically tricky word. It takes a singular verb in straightforward constructions like "one out of every seven men is bald." But when extra words are attached to it - one or more, one of those - it ceases to govern the verb and the sense of the sentence becomes plural. Thus the sentence "Inside each folder is one or more sheets of information" should be "are one or more" and "Nott is one of those rare politicians who doesn’t mind what he says" should be "don’t mind what they say." A helpful trick to determine whether a singular or plural verb is needed is to invert the word order of the sentence: "Of those politicians who do not mind what they say, Nott is one."

Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors. 2013.

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