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Predicate agreement with the quantifier phrase with approximate quantity

Humanities. HUM. Basic Research Programme, 2013. No. WP BRP 22/HUM/2013.
This study deals with predicate agreement with quantifier phrases that contain mentioning of an indefinite or an approximate quantity. The author analyzes the frequency of occurrence for singular and plural predicates based on data from the Russian National Corpus during the period of 2000-2010 and investigates factors that influence the predicate choice.  The author concludes that the singular agreement is typical in the concerned expressions and is determined mainly by the meaning of indefiniteness. There are several factors that favor plural predicates. Also, some restrictions of predicate variation are revealed.