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    #1

    not sure if Tommy, Sam or Jason is/are going to teach

    - Elvin is not sure if Tommy, Sam or Jason is going to teach him algebra this evening.

    I would use "is" instead of "are" since the last subject, "Jason" is singular. Is this correct?
    If this is correct, then should the last subject be plural, I should use "are"?


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    #2

    Re: not sure if Tommy, Sam or Jason is/are going to teach

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    - Elvin is not sure if Tommy, Sam or Jason is going to teach him algebra this evening.

    I would should use "is" instead of "are" since the last subject, "Jason" is singular. Is this correct?
    Yes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    If this is correct, then should the last subject be plural, I should I use "are"?
    Thank you!
    Yes!
    "Elvin is not sure if Tommy, Sam or the twins are going to teach him algebra this evening."

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    #3

    Re: not sure if Tommy, Sam or Jason is/are going to teach

    The conjunction "or" makes the subject singular.

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    Re: not sure if Tommy, Sam or Jason is/are going to teach

    Please help me to understand why the use of "would" in the sentence is incorrect?

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    should use "is" instead of "are" since the last subject......

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    Re: not sure if Tommy, Sam or Jason is/are going to teach

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    Please help me to understand why the use of "would" in the sentence is incorrect?

    It's not incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: not sure if Tommy, Sam or Jason is/are going to teach

    If it's not incorrect, then why was it crossed out by teechar in post#2 above?

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    #7

    Re: not sure if Tommy, Sam or Jason is/are going to teach

    In my opinion teechar was wrong to do that, Matthew.

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    #8

    Re: not sure if Tommy, Sam or Jason is/are going to teach

    If you were suggesting that you would write it in the way suggested (it would be your preferred way of saying it), then you were quite right to use "would". You used it correctly in a statement. Had you been asking a question, then "Should I use ...?" would have been correct.

    To find the "strikethrough" function, click on the "Go Advanced" button to the bottom right of the reply box while you are posting a reply. You will see a new range of function buttons. The one which looks like ABC is the one you need. Highlight the word you want to strike through, then hit that button.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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