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    Red face why are feet considered singular?

    feet are used to describe both our right and left foot combined.so we should use 'are' with them.but we use 'is' with them and consider them singular.why?
    tvisha gupta

  1. matilda
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    Are you sure?
    as i heard before, we use plural with feet

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    Re: why are feet considered singular?

    I thought 'are' is used with feet like in the following sentence:

    Burning feet are a common symptom in those with diabetes.

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    Re: why are feet considered singular?

    Quote Originally Posted by tvisha_gup
    feet are used to describe both our right and left foot combined.so we should use 'are' with them.but we use 'is' with them and consider them singular.why?
    tvisha gupta
    We don't. Do you have an example of a sentence you have spotted where the word "feet" is singular?

    (Note that I wrote "feet is" there. But actually, in that sentence, I am talking about a word -- one word, singular -- and that word is "feet".)


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    Re: why are feet considered singular?

    Quote Originally Posted by tvisha_gup
    feet are used to describe both our right and left foot combined.so we should use 'are' with them.but we use 'is' with them and consider them singular.why?
    tvisha gupta
    "Feet" are plural. I cannot think of any situation where it would be correct to use "feet is..."

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    Dear friend

    If you are this serious about your opinion, plz send us the sentence you saw feet with a singular verb in, and if possible, send us the whole paragraph. we may help you better then.

    Matilda

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    Re: why are feet considered singular?

    Welcome, tvisha_gup.

    Additionally,

    [1] My feet are sore. <plural>
    => They are sore.
    => Two things, called "feet", are sore.

    [2] My foot is sore. <singular>
    => It is sore.
    => One thing, called a "foot", is sore.

    [3] Six feet is the length of the sofa. <singular>
    => It is the length of the sofa.
    => The following measurement "six feet" is the length of the sofa.

    [4] Six feet is a noun phrase.
    => It is a noun.
    => The thing called "six feet" is a noun phrase.

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