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  1. Yourjones
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    is or are in this case?

    This country's yearly natural gas consumption is 100 billion cubic metres. 10 bcm is/are imported, and 90 bcm is/are domestically produced. Should I use "is" or "are"?

    Thanks.

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    Re: is or are in this case?

    To me, both tenses are fine in each case. There is really nothing to choose.

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    Re: is or are in this case?

    I think it should be a question of singular and plural instead of tenses.
    Am I wrong? Not a teacher.

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    Re: is or are in this case?

    I would use "is" in both cases. The sentence focuses on total amounts, not on individual components.
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 08-May-2015 at 05:25. Reason: typo

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    Re: is or are in this case?

    Matthew, you are correct.

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    Re: is or are in this case?

    Is it possible to say 'Total amounts of 10 bcm are imported'?

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    Re: is or are in this case?

    That is not natural for me.

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