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    My Mathematics is/are poor

    I think "My Mathematics is poor" is correct. However, I saw a person use ""My Mathematics are poor". I was wondering if "My Mathematics is/are poor" both correct."

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    Re: My Mathematics is/are poor

    All these words (Math, Maths, Mathematics, ...) are uncount nouns so you cannot say "My Mathematics are poor."
    (I am not a teacher.)
    Last edited by EnglishLearner1990; 31-Jul-2013 at 08:11.

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    Re: My Mathematics is/are poor

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    I think "My Mathematics is poor" is correct. However, I saw a person use ""My Mathematics are poor". I was wondering if "My Mathematics is/are poor" both correct."

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    Correct verb agreement aside, it sounds awkward (to my AE ears) to use a sentence like "My [school subject] is poor/bad."

    It sounds more natural to say either "my math skills are poor/bad" or, more commonly, "I'm bad at math."

    (not a teacher, just a language lover)
    Last edited by FreeToyInside; 31-Jul-2013 at 10:10.

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    Re: My Mathematics is/are poor

    I have to follow up my last post.

    I feel the rule I stated is generally true, but the more I think about it, I can think of a couple exceptions.

    When I hear "my math is bad," I think that means the calculations that I used to arrive at the answer were incorrect, as in:

    "I got question four on the test wrong because my math was bad."

    However, I can think of some instances where I've heard people say "my math is horrible" and it's understood they're talking about their math skills. Also, I still think it's incorrect to say "my science/history/social studies/psychology is bad" to mean that I do badly in those subjects, but I think it sounds perfectly reasonable to say "my geography is bad" to refer to my knowledge of geography being bad.

    I'm really curious what other speakers have to say about this.

    (not a teacher, just a language lover)

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