Results 1 to 7 of 7
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Polish
      • Home Country:
      • Poland
      • Current Location:
      • Poland

    • Join Date: Jun 2013
    • Posts: 163
    #1

    singular/plural form of noun + is vs are

    Is it correct to say 'The only exception to this is capital letters'? I think it is not, that is why I am asking.
    Last edited by bureaucracy; 11-Jul-2013 at 18:13. Reason: an embarassing mistake

  1. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 25,590
    #2

    Re: singular/plural form of noun + is vs are

    Quote Originally Posted by bureaucracy View Post
    Is it correct to say 'The only exception to this is capital letters'? I think it is not, that is why I am asking.
    Yes, it is correct. IMO

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Polish
      • Home Country:
      • Poland
      • Current Location:
      • Poland

    • Join Date: Jun 2013
    • Posts: 163
    #3

    Re: singular/plural form of noun + is vs are

    Okay. It seems I got all these things confused in my mind. Therefore a question is to be asked: is it correct to say "The only exception to this are capital letters'?

  2. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 25,590
    #4

    Re: singular/plural form of noun + is vs are

    Quote Originally Posted by bureaucracy View Post
    Okay. It seems I got all these things confused in my mind. Therefore a question is to be asked: is it correct to say "The only exception to this are capital letters'?
    No, it wouldn't. You could say "The only exceptons to this are..."

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Polish
      • Home Country:
      • Poland
      • Current Location:
      • Poland

    • Join Date: Jun 2013
    • Posts: 163
    #5

    Re: singular/plural form of noun + is vs are

    And probably there isn't any explanation which could make it easier to memorize things the way they have to be (of course in this very case)?

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Polish
      • Home Country:
      • Poland
      • Current Location:
      • Poland

    • Join Date: Jun 2013
    • Posts: 163
    #6

    Re: singular/plural form of noun + is vs are

    Okay. No help needed. 'She are two persons' sounds strange enough compared to "she is two persons".

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 24,447
    #7

    Re: singular/plural form of noun + is vs are

    Choose between

    'The only exception to this is capital letters'

    and

    'Capital letters are the only exception to this'.

    Rover

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 23-Feb-2013, 18:05
  2. [Grammar] when we use plural or singular form for currencies ?
    By Ahmed_harbi in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 05-Dec-2012, 11:38
  3. [Grammar] When to use plural form and singular form
    By Andy Yang in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 29-Feb-2012, 13:18
  4. [Grammar] When to use a noun with article a and a noun in plural form
    By Ferdie11 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 17-Mar-2011, 22:08
  5. [Grammar] Question plural/singular form
    By Nicky_K in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 29-Jul-2010, 13:27

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
  •