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    is with plural

    Which is correct and why?

    1) Is Mary and her mother coming?
    2) Are Mary and her mother coming?
    3) There is one apple and two oranges here.
    4) There are one apple and two oranges here.
    5) Is there anybody here?
    6) Are there anybody here?

    Thank you
    Last edited by PelajarBaru; 08-Feb-2010 at 18:21. Reason: typing mistake

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    #2

    Re: is with plural

    Quote Originally Posted by PelajarBaru View Post
    Which is correct and why?
    I'd like to know your opinion first.


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    Re: is with plural

    I don't know. I'm confused, that's why I'm asking.

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    #4

    Re: is with plural

    Quote Originally Posted by PelajarBaru View Post
    Which is correct and why?

    1) Is Mary and her mother coming?
    2) Are Mary and her mother coming?
    3) There is one apple and two oranges here.
    4) There are one apple and two oranges here.
    5) Is there anybody here?
    6) Are there anybody here?

    Thank you
    Hi,

    1+2) 2 persons, that means you have to use are
    5+6) Anybody = 3rd person singular, you have to use is

    3+4) I guess nr. 4 is correct, but I'm not 100% sure.

    P.S: **Neither a teacher nor native speaker**

    Cheers!

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    Re: is with plural

    Quote Originally Posted by PelajarBaru View Post
    I don't know. I'm confused, that's why I'm asking.
    You can't ask other members' effort when you don't give yours.

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    #6

    Re: is with plural

    I'll guess if you don't mind...I should practise.

    The right answers are: 2; 4; 5.

    Am I right? Thank you in advance.


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    Re: is with plural

    This forum is for people to share, help each other and discuss. I am not asking you or any member to do my homework. You seemed to be saying that if I don't give something, don't expect anything back. I think you are very rude. If you don't want to help me, just keep quiet.

    P/s I heard those sentences spoken very quickly but am not sure which one I actually heard, that's why I asked.
    Last edited by PelajarBaru; 08-Feb-2010 at 18:53. Reason: additional comment

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    Re: is with plural

    Quote Originally Posted by PelajarBaru View Post
    I think you are very rude. If you don't want to help me, just keep quiet.
    This is the very manifestation of your "politeness".

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    Re: is with plural

    PelajarBaru,

    euncu said in his post exactly what I would have said. By posting sentences and asking "which is correct" it certainly looks like your homework. We DO ask that people try to do it themselves first, and if they do not, to ask their specific question about what is confusing them. There is nothing rude in what he posted. I can't say the same for your response.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.


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    Re: is with plural

    I think my mistake was I didn't start off politely by putting the words 'Dear teachers, Would you please tell me.... or would you be so kind as to .....' Many of the threads here started off like that.... straight to the point. I thought it was directness of openess. But I certainly made the mistake of not starting politely and I think that gives a very bad impression. I don't think it was so much my question. All my threads I have started with Dear Teachers.... and they were answered except this one. If you and Euncu would be so kind as to check my previous posts. I do not wish to be selfish. So maybe that was the offending part as I have read again and again my words and the many others who also posted here. The situation was I heard some lines spoken on a podcast and wasn't sure and immediately typed it in this forum. That was all. Then somebody just posted here to say he wants to hear my opinion but I don't have opinion on this as they sound right. I don't know the terms or names of grammar. It was just a straight forward confusion for me so I said I don't know and confused, that's why I'm asking. Euncu just shot me with one sentence that implied I am selfish and can't ask members' effort and now as a moderator you said you would said the same thing and that you 'certainly' think it was my homework. I am 74 and I have no homework. My homework is looking after my grandchildren. As a moderator, you read his words and say he is nothing rude but you read my words and said I am by your words 'I can't say the same for your response.' Which means I am rude. You try to understand his words meaning but you didnt understand my meaning which is not selfish by not wanting to contribute and only asking members' efforts.

    Take for example Julianna's post today titled "please,would you like to help me to correct this conclusion" she only put the whole paragraph and Anglika corrected it and Euncu add on without asking her to give her opinion.

    Another example is by anupumh. Also today. He asked what will be the correct statement and he posted the questions which looked more like something from homework or test. And Euncu did not ask his opinion but give various answers.

    So in other words it was probably just discrimination against me as a cantonese speaker or my nationality from both the MODERATOR and a Turkish person. In all your posts there is not even one that you ask them to give opinion. And in all your posts you answered someone who did not try to answer or give their opinion first.

    I am very sad that a MODERATOR here also said he/she would say like Euncu. It is very strong words from you to me. Do you implied I am not welcome in this forum?

    I am sorry if I have offended other people on this forum by being selfish and not contributing. My sincere apologies. I don't contribute because I don't know the terms (names) for the grammar and I am not a native speaker. I speak by listening to others speak. But it is very hurting what the Moderator here told me off.

    I know it is my loss if I leave this forum but there are other forums. Thank you other nice moderators and friends who have helped me.
    Last edited by PelajarBaru; 09-Feb-2010 at 01:59. Reason: typing mistake

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