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    #1

    when to use are and when to use is(i dont know there meaning

    hi i am new, i have a realy basic begginner question. i have errors in my english grammar and sentence construction.

    i have wrote:

    incorrect:
    I belive that my education and employment background are appropriate for the position.

    correct: i am told
    I belive that my education and employment background is appropriate for
    the position.


    when do i use

    are
    is

    what are there meaning

    thanks


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    Re: when to use are and when to use is(i dont know there meaning

    i have wrote:

    incorrect:
    I belive that my education and employment background are appropriate for the position.

    correct: i am told
    I belive that my education and employment background is appropriate for
    the position.


    when do i use

    are
    is

    what are there meaning
    You may have errors in your English, but don't feel too bad: whoever "corrected" your sentence has more!

    Your sentence is absolutely grammatically perfect (except you did misspell believe).

    Whoever "corrected" your sentence is dead wrong.

    "Is" and "are" are both different forms of the irregular verb BE:

    I am (singular)
    You are (singular)
    He/She/It is (singular)

    We are (plural)
    You are (plural)
    They are (plural)

    As you can see, use is if the subject is singular, and use are if the subject is plural (or singular you).

    In your subject, you mention two separate, distinct things: your education and your employment background. The plural verb are is correct.

    If you wanted, you could combine them into a single idea as follows:

    I believe my educational and employment background is appropriate for the position.

    This could be interpreted as one background...but you didn't write the sentence that way. The way you wrote it, it is easy and natural to interpret your subject as being plural, and I would use are.

    Hope this is clear.

    Greg
    Last edited by dragn; 02-Sep-2009 at 18:05.

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    #3

    Re: when to use are and when to use is(i dont know there meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by hansolo View Post
    I have wrote:

    Quote Originally Posted by hansolo View Post
    I believe that my education and employment background are appropriate for the position.


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    Re: when to use are and when to use is(i dont know there meaning

    thanks alot great expanation both of u cheers


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    Re: when to use are and when to use is(i dont know there meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by hansolo View Post
    hi i am new, i have a realy basic begginner question. i have errors in my english grammar and sentence construction.

    i have wrote:

    incorrect:
    I belive that my education and employment background are appropriate for the position.

    correct: i am told
    I belive that my education and employment background is appropriate for
    the position.


    when do i use

    are
    is

    what are there meaning

    thanks
    I like this better:

    My education and experience meet the requirements for this position.

    Your experience is more important to an employer.

    My experience and education meet the requirements for this position.

    Here are a couple more that I think are good.

    My experience and education are excellent matches for this position.

    My experience and education are perfectly suited to this position.


    I belive that my education and employment background is appropriate for
    the position.
    So this is what you believe? This sounds too much like you're expressing an opinion. Be confident. Tell employers what you know, not what you believe. I would leave out "believe".
    Last edited by PROESL; 04-Sep-2009 at 19:27.

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    Re: when to use are and when to use is(i dont know there meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by PROESL View Post
    I like this better:

    My education and experience meet the requirements for this position.

    Your experience is more important to an employer.

    My experience and education meet the requirements for this position.

    Here are a couple more that I think are good.

    My experience and education are excellent matches for this position.

    My experience and education are perfectly suited to this position.




    So this is what you believe? This sounds too much like you're expressing an opinion. Be confident. Tell employers what you know, not what you believe. I would leave out "believe".
    I think this could be seen as too "pushy", too American in the UK.


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    Re: when to use are and when to use is(i dont know there meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I think this could be seen as too "pushy", too American in the UK.
    I'm curious. In a manner of general speaking, would you call this a "cultural difference", perhaps?


    " " I used quotations because "culture" can be taken in different ways sometimes.

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    Re: when to use are and when to use is(i dont know there meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by PROESL View Post
    I'm curious. In a manner of general speaking, would you call this a "cultural difference", perhaps?


    " " I used quotations because "culture" can be taken in different ways sometimes.
    Yes, I would say it's a "cultural difference".

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    #9

    Re: when to use are and when to use is(i dont know there meaning

    Yes, we do BS a lot more in AmE, methinks.

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