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    ARE vs. IS

    Should I use ARE or IS in the following sentence:

    All the programming, processing, testing, and editing (ARE or IS) done by James.

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    Re: ARE vs. IS

    Quote Originally Posted by placidran View Post
    Should I use ARE or IS in the following sentence:

    All the programming, processing, testing, and editing (ARE or IS) done by James.
    I would use "are".

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    Re: ARE vs. IS

    Thank you very much!

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    Re: ARE vs. IS

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I would use "are".
    Will it be true if I infer from your answer that the use of "is" or "are" may depend on the speaker and "is" is still grammatical ? (Considering that you said "I would" not "you should".)

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    Re: ARE vs. IS

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    Will it be true if I infer from your answer that the use of "is" or "are" may depend on the speaker and "is" is still grammatical ? (Considering that you said "I would" not "you should".)
    I would consider "is" as wrong, some people may disagree with that.

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    Re: ARE vs. IS

    Quote Originally Posted by placidran View Post
    Should I use ARE or IS in the following sentence:

    All the programming, processing, testing, and editing (ARE or IS) done by James.
    AS I understood from the posters here, would this measurement be OK?

    All the programming are done by James
    Programming is done by James

    All the processing are done by James
    Processing is done by James

    All the testing are done by James
    Testing is done by James

    All the editing are done by James
    Editing is done by James

    Notice them well you will discover the difference.

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    Re: ARE vs. IS

    Quote Originally Posted by placidran View Post
    Should I use ARE or IS in the following sentence:

    All the programming, processing, testing, and editing (ARE or IS) done by James.
    I would use "is". It sounds correct, and there is support from grammar too. While there are several parts to the job, there is no real sense of plurality. So with a subject containing "All the" and with no clear sense of plurality, I would use "is".

    All (of) the programming, testing,..........is done by James.

    Even with plurality, "is" is often correct.
    All the wind and rain is a big problem.

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    Re: ARE vs. IS

    Quote Originally Posted by atchan View Post
    AS I understood from the posters here, would this measurement be OK?

    All the programming are done by James
    Programming is done by James

    All the processing are done by James
    Processing is done by James

    All the testing are done by James
    Testing is done by James

    All the editing are done by James
    Editing is done by James

    Notice them well you will discover the difference.
    No- the sentences with all should not be in the plural.

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    Re: ARE vs. IS

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    I would use "is". It sounds correct, and there is support from grammar too.
    It depends on whether we view them as united or separate, and there also may be differences between the variants. I see nothing wrong at all with the singular, but the plural sounds easier on my BrE ear.

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    Re: ARE vs. IS

    Quote Originally Posted by atchan View Post
    AS I understood from the posters here, would this measurement be OK?

    All the programming are done by James
    Programming is done by James

    All the processing are done by James
    Processing is done by James

    All the testing are done by James
    Testing is done by James

    All the editing are done by James
    Editing is done by James

    Notice them well you will discover the difference.
    In my opinion, when we use an all-encompassing noun such as "programming", it would take the singular, even with "All..."

    All the programming is done by James.
    The programming is done by James.
    Programming is done by James.

    BUT:

    All the programming tasks are done by James.
    The programming jobs are done by James.
    Programming assignments are done by James.

    Going back to your original question:

    "All the programming, processing, testing, and editing (ARE or IS) done by James."

    All the programming is done by James.
    All the processing is done by James.
    All the testing is done by James.
    All the editing is done by James.

    All these things ARE done by James.

    James is a very busy guy, isn't he?! Maybe you should just say "James does everything around here!"

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