Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. roseriver1012's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Dec 2009
    • Posts: 273
    #1

    Question is or are?

    Just a simple question. One and a half apples are/is on the table. Which is right? "is" or "are"?



    p.s. Just now I looked it up in the dictionary, and found the following two sentences:

    One and a half hours are allowed for the exam. An hour and a half is allowed for the exam.

    Why? one uses "is", while the other uses "are"? Who can help me?
    Last edited by roseriver1012; 09-May-2012 at 07:34.

  2. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,134
    #2

    Re: is or are?

    Quote Originally Posted by roseriver1012 View Post
    Just a simple question. One and a half apples are/is on the table. Which is right? "is" or "are"?

    'Are'. More than one apple is involved.


    One and a half hours are allowed for the exam.
    Correct. More than one hour is involved.

    An hour and a half is allowed for the exam.
    Correct. The speaker is thinking of a (singular) unit/amount of time.
    5

  3. roseriver1012's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Dec 2009
    • Posts: 273
    #3

    Re: is or are?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    5
    Then since the speaker can choose to consider it as a unit or not, is it also right to say "One and a half hours is allowed for the exam.", and "An hour and a half are allowed for the exam."?

    What about the first sentence I showed? Can it be "one and a half apples is on the table."?

  4. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,134
    #4

    Re: is or are?

    Quote Originally Posted by roseriver1012 View Post
    Then since the speaker can choose to consider it as a unit or not, is it also right to say "One and a half hours is allowed for the exam.", Yes and "An hour and a half are allowed for the exam."? No. This type of construction, beginning with the indefinite article, is generally used with a singular verb.

    What about the first sentence I showed? Can it be "one and a half apples is on the table."?
    No, we are talking of a quantity, of more than one apple. However, we can, in different contexts, consider 'one a a half apples' as a quantity: 'One and a half apples is not much to have for lunch'.
    5

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •