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    #1

    the building exterior and interior finish is / are constructed entirely of wood.

    Though the basic structure of the building interior is made of robust steel, the building exterior and interior finish is / are constructed entirely of wood.

    Should I use "is' or "are"?

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    #2

    Re: the building exterior and interior finish is / are constructed entirely of wood.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Though the basic structure of the building interior is made of robust steel, the building exterior and interior finish is / are constructed entirely of wood.

    Should I use "is' or "are"?

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    Are. The subject has two items and is plural.

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    #3

    Re: the building exterior and interior finish is / are constructed entirely of wood.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Though the basic structure of the building interior is made of robust steel, the building exterior and interior finish is / are constructed entirely of wood.

    Should I use "is' or "are"?
    I'd probably say, "... the building exterior and interior finishes are constructed entirely of wood".

    I think this is possible: ""... the building exterior and interior finish is constructed entirely of wood".

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    #4

    Re: the building exterior and interior finish is / are constructed entirely of wood.

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    Though the basic structure of the building interior is made of robust steel, the building exterior and interior finish is / are constructed entirely of wood.

    Should I use "is' or "are"?

    Thanks.
    "Exterior" and "interior" are adjectives. "Finish" is the subject so, use "is"

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    #5

    Re: the building exterior and interior finish is / are constructed entirely of wood.

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    "Exterior" and "interior" are adjectives. "Finish" is the subject so, use "is"
    The can both be nouns as well. The first occurrence of "interior" in the sentence is clearly a noun. I also read "(building) exterior" as a noun and separate from interior finish. But I can see that the sentence could be read another way.

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    #6

    Re: the building exterior and interior finish is / are constructed entirely of wood.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    The can both be nouns as well. The first occurrence of "interior" in the sentence is clearly a noun. I also read "(building) exterior" as a noun and separate from interior finish. But I can see that the sentence could be read another way.
    I was not referring to the "first occurrence", rather the phrase in bold in the original post.

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    #7

    Re: the building exterior and interior finish is / are constructed entirely of wood.

    Does she mean "the building (exterior and interior) finish" or "(the building exterior) and (interior finish)"?

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    #8

    Re: the building exterior and interior finish is / are constructed entirely of wood.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Does she mean "the building (exterior and interior) finish" or "(the building exterior) and (interior finish)"?
    I interpreted it as bill did, the latter. I didn't think of the former (as Mike did), but I see now that it's possible. If it's the former, then the verb must be 'are'.

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