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  1. The Wonderers
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    when to use "is" or "are"

    would you say:

    Enclosed are a project map, a fact sheet and a location map.

    or

    Enclosed is a project map, a fact sheet and a location map.

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    Re: when to use "is" or "are"

    Enclosed is a map ....

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    Re: when to use "is" or "are"

    Quote Originally Posted by indonesia View Post
    Enclosed is a map ....
    Are you sure about that? I would never think so... Is the other one incorrect? That's certainly how I would put it.

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    Re: when to use "is" or "are"

    I would use the "are." There are three things enclosed.
    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: when to use "is" or "are"

    Isn't it just like the post a few weeks ago:

    There is a man and two children in the park.

    compared with

    There are a man and two children in the park.

    I would choose 'is' myself because the noun following it is singular. The case is the same for 'a map'.

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    Re: when to use "is" or "are"

    Quote Originally Posted by indonesia View Post
    There is a man and two children in the park.

    compared with

    There are a man and two children in the park.

    I would choose 'is' myself because the noun following it is singular.
    But there are three people present. And it shouldn't matter if the single person comes first or the two people come first or if there are one of each of three different kinds of people.
    There are a man and a woman and a child in the park.

    Enclosed are.....
    2006

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    Re: when to use "is" or "are"

    Does it not depend or whether the subject is singular or plural?

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    Re: when to use "is" or "are"

    Quote Originally Posted by indonesia View Post
    Does it not depend or whether the subject is singular or plural?
    Yes it does. What is the subject in the original post?

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    Re: when to use "is" or "are"

    Quote Originally Posted by indonesia View Post
    Isn't it just like the post a few weeks ago:

    There is a man and two children in the park.

    compared with

    There are a man and two children in the park.

    I would choose 'is' myself because the noun following it is singular. The case is the same for 'a map'.
    There are a man and two children, are there?
    There is a man and two children, is there?
    There is a man and two children, are there?

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    Re: when to use "is" or "are"

    I thank you all for your corrections , but looking through some similar posts on the same subject my conclusion is that if something is quite commonly used in spoken English then it is deemed acceptable, even if it isn't grammatically correct.
    Could this be a regional thing?
    Though I agree with your answers, I would still use 'is' in the above examples.

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