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    Nouns expressing a single idea must be used with a singular verb?

    Hello,
    Two or more nouns expressing a single idea must be used with a singular verb ?
    Eg : 1) coffee and tea is injurious to health.
    2) The book and cover is very attractive.
    Are these phrases right?
    If these are right pls reveal that how ?

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    Re: Nouns expressing a single idea must be used with a singular verb?

    No. Both need "are".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Nouns expressing a single idea must be used with a singular verb?

    Welcome to the forum.
    Quote Originally Posted by PGVadivel View Post
    Must two or more nouns expressing a single idea must be used with a singular verb?
    Note the correct way to ask your question.

    Don't leave a space before a question mark.

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    Re: Nouns expressing a single idea must be used with a singular verb?

    Please don't use non-standard abbreviations. "Pls" does not exist in English. It's "please".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Nouns expressing a single idea must be used with a singular verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by PGVadivel View Post
    Hello,
    Two or more nouns expressing a single idea must be used with a singular verb ?
    Eg : 1) coffee and tea is injurious to health.
    2) The book and cover is very attractive.
    Are these phrases right?
    If these are right pls reveal that how ?
    Two or more nouns expressing a singular idea are offten used with a singular verb:

    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels was a very good film.
    Fish and chips is still may favourite breakfast.

    However, 'coffee and tea' are clearly two separate things in your first sentence. They are not a single idea. It is difficult to think of 'the book and its cover' as a single idea.
    Last edited by Piscean; 18-Aug-2015 at 13:36. Reason: typo

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    Re: Nouns expressing a single idea must be used with a singular verb?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, PG:

    You have asked a very interesting question. I have found some information that you may wish to study.

    1. "[W]hen the nouns form 'a collective idea' or 'a oneness of idea,' ... the singular is appropriate."

    a. "[T]he time involved and the red tape is one of the biggest problems."
    b. "The name and the address of the grocery was painted on the slats."
    c. "Time and patience is necessary."

    2. The same book tells us that when "each number of singular noun subjects is considered separately, the verb is in the singular."

    a. "A fever, a mutilation, a cruel disappointment, a loss of wealth, a loss of friends, seems at the moment untold loss."

    b. "Every legislator, every doctor, and every citizen needs to recognize [....]."

    3. If you visit the United States, for example, you will discover that ham and eggs is a traditionally popular breakfast.


    Credit for those quotations goes to Webster's Dictionary of English Usage (1989). Published by Merriam-Webster, Inc. (I am responsible for emphasizing the nouns.)

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    Re: Nouns expressing a single idea must be used with a singular verb?

    I think law and order is a single idea, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Nouns expressing a single idea must be used with a singular verb?

    Some of those Websterian examples I can't stomach. Was it Dan'l Webster, the New Hampshire lawyer, who made them?

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    #9

    Re: Nouns expressing a single idea must be used with a singular verb?

    I agree with you. I think 1a, 2a, and 2b are wrong.

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