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    The use of "is" and "are" in a setance

    Please assist with the correct use of the words "is" and "are"

    When to place them and how to correctly use them?

    Thank you

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    Re: The use of "is" and "are" in a setance

    Welcome to the forum, Johnny.

    That is rather too broad a question to answer in one post. Have you examples of specific problems with these verbs?

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    Re: The use of "is" and "are" in a setance

    5jj, Here are some examples I have and would appreciate the assistance / correct use

    My mom and dad ARE / IS

    My mom, together with my dad, IS/ARE

    My mom, as well as the rest of my family, IS/ARE

    My mom, and to a lesser extent by dad, IS/ARE

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    Re: The use of "is" and "are" in a setance

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny_N View Post
    5jj, Here are some examples I have and would appreciate the assistance / correct use

    My mom and dad ARE / IS

    My mom, together with my dad, IS/ARE

    My mom, as well as the rest of my family, IS/ARE

    My mom, and to a lesser extent by dad, IS/ARE
    "And" forms a plural subject. Use "are."

    In the other cases "mom" is the subject and the rest is simply a prepositional phrase acting as a modifier. Use "is."

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    Re: The use of "is" and "are" in a setance

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny_N View Post
    5jj, Here are some examples I have and would appreciate the assistance / correct use

    My mom and dad ARE / IS

    My mom, together with my dad, IS/ARE

    My mom, as well as the rest of my family, IS/ARE

    My mom, and to a lesser extent by dad, IS/ARE
    My mom and dad are...

    My mom, [any parenthetical complement here], IS....

    So, you should use IS for the last three, as the phrases such as "together with my dad" do not form part of the subject, grammatically.

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    Re: The use of "is" and "are" in a setance

    What do you think this one?
    If we assume "my mon and dad" as a single unit like a husband and wife and a tongue and tooth, we can write
    "My mon and dad is very old" like "A husband and wife is a tongue and tooth".

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    Re: The use of "is" and "are" in a setance

    That is only possible if "My mom and dad" is the name of a restaurant or other business. Two people are two people.

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    Re: The use of "is" and "are" in a setance

    Quote Originally Posted by whitemoon View Post
    What do you think this one?
    If we assume "my mon and dad" as a single unit like a husband and wife and a tongue and tooth, we can write
    "My mon and dad is very old" like "A husband and wife is a tongue and tooth".
    If we thought of "mom and dad" like we did "bacon and eggs," you would be correct. But we do not think of "mom and dad" as a single unit.

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    Re: The use of "is" and "are" in a setance

    But you, a native speaker, do think of "husband and wife" as a single unit. Why don't you think of "mom and dad" as a single unit?

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    Re: The use of "is" and "are" in a setance

    Quote Originally Posted by whitemoon View Post
    But you, a native speaker, do think of "husband and wife" as a single unit. Why don't you think of "mom and dad" as a single unit?
    I don't think of "husband and wife" as a single unit either.

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