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Jogging through the woods on Sunday, Dan kept thinking about the $90 he left lying on his desk on Friday. He'd been counting it out to see how much he had with him, when the fire alarm went off.

Then no one was allowed back in (because it was an actual fire), but those dollars on his desk were supposed to see Dan through the weekend.

Bummer. Dan was looking forward to a pizza with all the works after his jog. Now, poverty-stricken until the next day, he'd have to rely on what was left in the fridge.

Or would he?

When he got home, he showered and ordered a large pizza from Pronto Pizza. Twenty minutes later, the delivery boy handed him the box and said, "That's $22."

Dan was holding the front door open with his foot. Putting the box down behind him, he said, "Twenty-two dollars is a bit steep for some cheese and tomatoes. "Look," he said, smiling, "I'm a little short right now. How about I pay you tomorrow on my way to work?"

The delivery boy reached down toward the box, and Dan closed the door on him.

"You won't get away with this!" cried the boy, who ran back to his van and sped off.

Remember: use a singular verb with a specific amount of money – "There was $1,089.14 in the teddy bear"; otherwise, use a plural verb: "The dollar bills were creased."

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Quiz

1) There (is/are) $80 in the pocket of Brad's jeans.

2) Mr. Smith's deposit consisted of several $1,000 bills, which (was/were) very tempting to the bank teller.

3) "I think $27 (is/are) a lot for a sandwich," Bill said.

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Answers

1) is

2) were

3) is