I see a difference between a couple and a couple of things.
There are a couple of things....Originally Posted by tdol
a couple of things = two things
'things', plural, is the object, so the verb 'are' is plural, too.
That's the difference. :DOriginally Posted by Casiopea
We say a couple is. (That is because couple is seen as a unit, while a couple of phrases are construed as plural.) Example:
- A couple is two.
In colloquial BE, the singular form is very common and, living in London, I have found myself saying it. It's another example of us being lax with singular and plural.
I've been thinking about this one and wondering which really is used more often--is or are. I think it is a bit muddled. I think here (USA) we most often use are with couple. On the other hand, it seems that with pair we most often use is.
- There are a couple of people in the room.
There are a couple of dogs running down the street.
There is a pair of scissors in the drawer.
There is a pair of socks on the bed.
[Edited to put the "are" in the first sentence.]
There's a pair of socks in the drawer.
There's a unit in the drawer.
There's a couple of pairs of socks in the drawer.
There are several units.
They're a pair of thieves.
They're a couple of thieves.
The first pair: both singular. The second pair: both plural? ("There's" is increasingly being used to mean "They are".) The third pair: both singular.Originally Posted by Casiopea
What's the rule? Is there a rule?
Well, what is correct??? Is or are? Please reply.
Have a nice day.
So , what is the correct . You haven`t give us the correct answer yet !
I selected ( are) cause of ( things ) which is plural :) .
I`m I true or false