Hello, teachers!
Would you please tell me which is the correct verb?
- How much [is, are] two dozen eggs?
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Based on Rachel's response, I'd assume that the following sentence is incorrect.

How much is one dozen of eggs?

I've seen people use is with one dozen so many times that I feel like it is acceptable grammatically. Am I right about this assumption?
Believe it or not, this question was among the hardest to answer! There may be another interpretation, but I used the Cambridge Grammar of the English Language as my reference. On page 351 it states:

"i. a. dozens of spiders.....ii.a. a dozen spiders....The head in (i) is dozens....whereas in (ii) it is spiders...."

With that in mind, I am supposing that a dozen of /one dozen of can take either a singular or plural verb. However, if "spiders" is the head noun, I think that "eggs" is also the head noun.

*The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, by Huddleston and Pullum. Cambridge University Press. 2002
A Google search for "how much ARE a dozen" turns up 5 examples, while "how much IS a dozen" turns up 44 examples.

I think the choice is often conditioned by the nature of the item that is being modified. If the item has usually come in a set of twelve, such as eggs, the speaker chooses the singular verb; if the number of the thing is twelve, but it's not a widely recognized grouping, e.g. "how much are a dozen of these rose bushes?" the verb is plural. By the same token, we would say "do you think a dozen long-stemmed red roses IS enough of a gift to give my wife for our anniversary? but "I know a dozen people who ARE eager to hire you."

Marilyn Martin

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