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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    Is or are?

    What is correct to say? Where is Portugal and Spain located, or where are....

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    #2

    Re: Is or are?

    Are. "Portugal and Spain" are two things. So you need the plural.

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    #3

    Re: Is or are?

    I am not a teacher

    I think that you need to use "is"

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    #4

    Re: Is or are?

    Quote Originally Posted by Timoteo View Post
    What is correct to say? Where is Portugal and Spain located, or where are....

    * A NON-TEACHER"S OPINION *


    (1)When you have a question, put the words in "regular" order and then

    it will help you decide which form of the verb to use:

    (a) Where ___ Portugal and Spain located?

    (i) Portugal and Spain ___ located where?

    (2) Then use some words for "where": Portugal and Spain ___

    located in Europe.

    (3) Now do you see which word ("is" or "are") you need to use?

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    #5

    Re: Is or are?

    Where is Portugal located? + Where is Spain located? = Where are Portugal and Spain located?

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    #6

    Re: Is or are?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paulys View Post
    I am not a teacher. That is apparent.

    I think that you need to use "is". That is wrong.
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    #7

    Re: Is or are?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I am not a teacher. That is apparent.
    He was trying to help. You embarrass him publicly. As if it were not already enough, emsr2d2 goes on to thank you your comment. We live in a strange world.

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    #8

    Re: Is or are?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rolex_Cellini View Post
    He was trying to help. You embarrass him publicly. As if it were not already enough, emsr2d2 goes on to thank you your comment. We live in a strange world.
    This is the 'Ask a Teacher' forum. There is a notice at the the top of this page which begins (my emphasis added): "You are welcome to answer questions posted in the Ask a Teacher forum as long as your suggestions, help, and advice reflect a good understanding of the English language".

    When an incorrect answer is given, learners need to be left in no doubt that it is incorrect. My intention was not to humiliate Paulys; he had himself written, in another thread:
    Quote Originally Posted by Paulys View Post
    I am English student about one years and still I can't talk in English fluently because grammar is too hart for me.
    It is not helpful for a person with very limited knowledge to attempt to answer questions in this forum.

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    #9

    Re: Is or are?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    It is not helpful for a person with very limited knowledge to attempt to answer questions in this forum.
    . . . and non-teachers have been asked before to wait longer than three minutes before posting a potentially wrong answer.

    Rover

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    #10

    Re: Is or are?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Usingenglish.com wants to build a brand, as we Americans say. That is, it

    seeks a reputation as a place where international students can be

    confident that they are receiving accurate answers.

    Perhaps the following options might help in reaching that goal:

    (1) Strictly enforce the rule that we non-teachers must START our post

    with "NOT A TEACHER." Then learners can simply skip our posts. (I have

    noticed that not a few of my fellow non-teachers put the disclaimer at the

    end of their posts.) Violation of the rule might bring immediate deletion.

    (2) Immediately delete any patently wrong answers. (Along with a courteous

    and respectful email to the poster that explains the reason.)

    (3) And, of course, the easiest solution: bar us non-teachers from

    participating in the "Ask the Teacher" forum.

    I agree that no one -- either teacher or non-teacher -- should be

    humiliated in public. A teacher can always request (in private) that a

    patently wrong answer be deleted, and thread starters can simply skip

    someone's post (instead of rudely replying -- as a few thread starters

    occasionally do -- "Don't answer my questions.") We non-teachers are not

    stupid. If a thread starter does not thank us for our efforts, we realize

    that our answers are not appreciated, and we stop answering threads from

    certain members.

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