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    #1

    is/are

    Hi,


    What's the correct version?

    1) I am confident that my professional experience and academic excellence ARE an indicator that ...

    OR

    2) I am confident that my professional experience and academic excellence IS an indicator that ...
    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: is/are

    Which do you think is correct? How many qualities have you listed?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: is/are

    The correct version is the one that doesn't make me wince.


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    #4

    Re: is/are

    Well I thought "are" is the correct version but a native speaker corrected me, saying it's "is" because it's "one quality with multiple facets". Not to mention that Microsoft Word's spell checker suggested the same, "is". So now I'm confused.

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    #5

    Re: is/are

    Either one works for me.

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    #6

    Re: is/are

    I would use "are", but I would also change "an indicator" to "indicators". You have two qualities and two indicators.

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    #7

    Re: is/are

    I'm with Mike. I don't think the qualities can be combined but after "are", "an indicator" doesn't work.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: is/are

    I am not a teacher.

    It's 'are'.

    Two things connected by 'and' take a plural verb unless they are considered as one entity.

    I hate it when my gin and tonic is not chilled. Fish and chips is a British classic.

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    #9

    Re: is/are

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    Two things connected by 'and' take a plural verb unless they are considered as one entity.
    That's exactly right. But most of these questions here are actually asking whether the two things are considered as one entity.

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    #10

    Re: is/are

    I don't consider them one entity.
    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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