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    is or are

    ''all I know is eat and sleep'' or ''all I know are eat and sleep'' which of them is grammatically correct? the former or the latter?

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    Re: is or are

    Neither is correct. Where did you find these sentences?

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    Re: is or are

    Hello there. I found it in a story on wattpad ! It sounded pretty sensible to me. That's why i came here to ask for a second thought :) Anyhow, what's the correct way of saying it?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 29-Sep-2015 at 08:18. Reason: Deleting quote.

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    Re: is or are

    Quote Originally Posted by Syazain View Post
    I found it in a story on wattpad! It sounded pretty sensible to me. That's why I came here to ask for a second opinion. Anyhow, what's the correct way of saying it?
    Always capitalise 'I', and please tell us the source of any future quotes you are asking about.

    'All I know is eating and sleeping.'
    'Eating and sleeping are all I know.'
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 29-Sep-2015 at 11:34.

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    Re: is or are

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

    Hello, Syazain:

    I have found some information that may interest you.

    One book reminds us that "all" = the one thing.

    Here are a few examples from that book:

    1. "Well, all you need is a cup of molasses, 2 teaspoons of vinegar , 3/4 cup of sugar."

    2. "All we need is a few suits of armor hanging over the line to dry."

    3. "All that remained to be done was the small jobs."


    Native speakers do not always follow the rule, the book reminded us.


    Source: Wilson Follett, Modern American Usage (1980).

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