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    is or are?

    Neither Soha nor Mona are happy.

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    Re: is or are?

    Quote Originally Posted by sash2008 View Post
    Neither Soha nor Mona are happy.
    Descriptivists (modern grammarians) would agree that both singular and plural verbs work in that context, but that they express a different meaning; i.e., individually, Soha is, Mona is; together, Soha and Mona are) whereas prescriptivists (traditional grammarians) would argue for a singular verb because both subjects are singular nouns.

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    Re: is or are?

    Quote Originally Posted by sash2008 View Post
    Neither Soha nor Mona are happy.
    Neither Soha nor Mona is happy.
    Subject and Verb Agreement | Grammar Rules
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