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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    Once upon a time..

    I have a question.

    "Once upon a time, there was a boy and a girl..."

    or

    "Once upon a time, there were a boy and a girl..."

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: Once upon a time..

    Quote Originally Posted by vader jr View Post
    I have a question.

    "Once upon a time, there was a boy and a girl..."

    or

    "Once upon a time, there were a boy and a girl..."

    Thanks.
    Was. What you're actually saying is "Once upon a time, there was a boy and there was a girl......"
    It would be "Once upon a time, there were two children......"

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    #3

    Re: Once upon a time..

    there were a boy and a girl
    Another test is - it does not sound right/natural, does it?

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