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    This is my mom and dad

    What is the difference between 'This is my mom and dad.' and 'They are my mom and dad.'
    Can we use 'this' with plural nouns?

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    Re: This is my mom and dad

    The question should be:

    What is the difference between "This is my mom and dad" and "They are my mom and dad"?

    The answer is it's about usage. In the first instance your parents are, presumably, in the room and nearby. You are introducing them to somebody, and you say: "This is my mom and dad." In the second instance somebody has said, perhaps: "Who are Debbie Simpson and Allen Simpson?" and you reply: "They are my mom and dad."

    Don't use "this" with plural nouns, but "mom" and "dad" are not plural nouns.


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    Re: This is my mom and dad

    These two sentences have been used by somebody pointing to the photos of a man and a woman.

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    Re: This is my mom and dad

    Quote Originally Posted by mshahsavar View Post
    You know these two sentences have been used by somebody pointing to the photos of a man and a woman.
    Do I? How do I know this?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: This is my mom and dad

    Quote Originally Posted by mshahsavar View Post
    These two sentences have been used by somebody pointing to the photos of a man and a woman.
    In that case you could use either sentence.


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    Re: This is my mom and dad

    Quote Originally Posted by mshahsavar View Post
    What is the difference between 'This is my mom and dad.' and 'They are my mom and dad.'
    Can we use 'this' with plural nouns?
    In some cases. You might think of the two of them making up a single unit - parents. It wouldn't work so well with one clearly plural noun- this is my teachers.

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    Re: This is my mom and dad

    So given the situation, we can use both these two structures for introducing somebody. But if it is a plural noun which does not make any units we must use just 'they'.
    Last edited by mshahsavar; 01-Dec-2014 at 01:46.

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    Re: This is my mom and dad

    Can we start any sentence with 'you know'?
    Last edited by mshahsavar; 01-Dec-2014 at 01:23.

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    Re: This is my mom and dad

    Quote Originally Posted by mshahsavar View Post
    Can we start any sentence with 'you know'?
    If you are completely certain that the person you are talking to does know it, yes.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: This is my mom and dad

    In case anyone is confused by post #4, please note that after I quoted post #3 starting with "You know", post #3 was edited to remove "You know". I don't know when it happened (there is no "Edited by" note at the bottom.)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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