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    Bread and butter

    Bread and butter .......... his main diet.
    a. is
    b. are

    I'd choose IS. Am I right?

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    Re: Bread and butter


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    Re: Bread and butter

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    Bread and butter .......... his main diet.
    a. is
    b. are

    I'd choose IS. Am I right?
    As a pair, "bread" and "butter" are so closely related that they act as a single unit.

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    Re: Bread and butter

    Even if they weren't, I wouldn't choose "are" before "his main diet". If there were three or four unconnected foods listed, I think I would alter the word order.

    "Onions, milk, bread and anchovies are his main diet" sounds extremely unnatural. (I might say "Onions, milk, bread and anchovies are the staple foods of his diet".)
    "His main diet consists of/is made up of onions, milk, bread and anchovies" sounds much better.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Bread and butter

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Even if they weren't, I wouldn't choose "are" before "his main diet". If there were three or four unconnected foods listed, I think I would alter the word order.

    "Onions, milk, bread and anchovies are his main diet" sounds extremely unnatural. (I might say "Onions, milk, bread and anchovies are the staple foods of his diet".)
    "His main diet consists of/is made up of onions, milk, bread and anchovies" sounds much better.
    Rephrasing is often the best solution to these subject-verb agreement problems.

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    Re: Bread and butter

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Even if they weren't, I wouldn't choose "are" before "his main diet". If there were three or four unconnected foods listed, I think I would alter the word order.

    "Onions, milk, bread and anchovies are his main diet" sounds extremely unnatural. (I might say "Onions, milk, bread and anchovies are the staple foods of his diet".)
    "His main diet consists of/is made up of onions, milk, bread and anchovies" sounds much better.
    Mind you, he probably hasn't got many friends to tell about his diet.

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