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    #1

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    Macaroni and cheese is the regular chef's special on Fridays. Why do we use and and is?
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    Maybe because it is seen as one dish. This dish is the regular chef's special on Fridays.

    But you are right, sometimes I don't understand it either, why native speakers use is when there are more items and should use the plural of be. I can't think of a particular example right now...

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    Why do we use and and is?


    NOT A TEACHER

    (1) I agree with Member Virus: those two things go together as one dish:

    Ham and eggs is a very popular American breakfast.

    (2) I am sure that other people will soon give you many more examples.

    (3) I think (repeat: think) that in such sentences, the word "and" is almost like the

    word "with":

    Macaroni with cheese is ....

    Ham with eggs is ....

    (4) I just remembered: I think that fish and chips is a popular dish among the
    British people. (Remember: the British people use the word "chips" to refer to French fried potatoes; Americans use the word "chips" to refer to potato chips, which the British call "crisps"!)

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    #4

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    For info, in BrE we call it "macaroni cheese", without the "and". I think it's "macaroni and cheese" in AmE.

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    Re: and

    Contrast:

    Peanut butter and jelly are common items that are purchased in a supermarket.

    Peanut butter and jelly is a favorite sandwich of the young (and young at heart).

    In the first case it is talking about two items, so it is plural. In the second, the two have become one menu item, so it is regarded as singular.

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