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    Is or are?

    Which of the following is correct?

    a) I don't know where the wedding or reception is.

    b) I don't know where the wedding or reception are.



    Thank you in advance :)

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    Re: Is or are?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dominoes View Post
    Which of the following is correct?

    a) I don't know where the wedding or reception is.

    b) I don't know where the wedding or reception are.



    Thank you in advance :)
    are.

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    Re: Is or are?

    Thank you. I've no idea why, but I was convinced b) was correct.

    The following sentence is correct, isn't it?

    I don't know where either of them is.

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    #4

    Re: Is or are?

    I can see why Raymott said are. Still I think is is acceptable.

    I don't know whether (either) the wedding or the reception is /are.



    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    are.

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    Re: Is or are?

    Oops - I meant I thought a) was correct.

    To be honest with you, I don't understand how b) can be correct. Can anyone shed some light on this for me, please?

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    #6

    Re: Is or are?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dominoes View Post
    Oops - I meant I thought a) was correct.

    To be honest with you, I don't understand how b) can be correct. Can anyone shed some light on this for me, please?
    It's correct because a wedding and a reception are two different things and are held in different locations.

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    Re: Is or are?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It's correct because a wedding and a reception are two different things and are held in different locations.

    Ok. Thanks.

    So, out of the sentences below, a) is correct, isn't it?

    a) Are your mum or dad going?
    b) Is your mum or dad going?

    Answer a) just sounds wrong to me

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    Re: Is or are?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dominoes View Post
    Ok. Thanks.

    So, out of the sentences below, a) is correct, isn't it?

    a) Are your mum or dad going?
    b) Is your mum or dad going?

    Answer a) just sounds wrong to me
    If only one of them could go (and if this was understood), you could say, "Is your Mum or your Dad going?" But you'd need the second "your" to make it sound right.
    Do you say, "I don't know where Tom or Mary is"?

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    Re: Is or are?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    If only one of them could go (and if this was understood), you could say, "Is your Mum or your Dad going?" But you'd need the second "your" to make it sound right.
    Do you say, "I don't know where Tom or Mary is"?
    To me it's a bit of a false question. If a person was unaware of both locations, he or she would use "and" rather than "or," and say:

    I don't know where the wedding and reception are.

    If they were at the same location, or if the person wanted to portray the two as a whole, commas could be used, and then it would be 'is:'

    I don't know where the wedding, or the reception, is.

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    Re: Is or are?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Do you say, "I don't know where Tom or Mary is"?
    Before I read your answer to my question, I would've said "I don't know where Tom or Mary is", but I guess "I don't know where Tom or Mary are" is correct. Am I right?

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