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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    Question Is or Are

    This pair of glasses _____ Li Hong's. Mine ____ over there.
    A is; is
    B are; are
    C is; are
    D are; is
    I think A is perfect because Mine refers to my pair, the one unit works the same as the first one.
    But, unfortunately, I was told wrong--- the answer is C.
    please give me a hand. Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: Is or Are

    I agree with you. If one considers "pair of glasses" to be singular (which is logical), one should be consistent.

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    #3

    Re: Is or Are

    I AM NOT A TEACHER


    "Mine" can be "My glasses", or "My pair of glasses"

    This pair of glasses _is____ Li Hong's. My glasses (Mine) __are__ over there

    This pair of glasses _is____ Li Hong's. My pair of glasses (Mine) __is__ over there

    Is it sensible say that A and C are both correct?



    Last edited by Peter Chan; 05-Jul-2014 at 05:47.

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    #4

    Re: Is or Are

    With "my glasses" yes. With "mine" not so much.

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    #5

    Re: Is or Are

    I find C to be the most natural answer. Even if you've just referred to another person's pair of glasses, you still tend to think of your glasses as being plural. We normally don't think "Now, where is my pair of glasses?"
    But this is the sort of question that shouldn't be written. It's grammatical to say "is", but not natural. So what does it prove about a person who puts C? - that they have less, or more, knowledge of colloquial English?
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 05-Jul-2014 at 22:21. Reason: missing word

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    #6

    Re: Is or Are

    I agree that it is a poor question.

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